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47 William Street

47 William Street

Existing Use Residential (vacant)
Date of Construction Late 19th century
Heritage Merit Streetscape, local interest
Listed Building Status Not listed
Projected Grant Aid £220,494 (67% of total project cost)

Building Description

Mid-terrace two-bay two-storey, with attic, former dwelling with additional bay to right over elliptical-headed carriage arch to the north-east side of William Street. Rectangular on plan with lower two-storey pitched roof return to rear (north east). Pitched natural slate roof with two timber gable-fronted dormer windows. Two rendered chimney blocks, over corbelled eaves and cast iron rainwater goods; single rendered chimney to return. The walls are painted block marked lime render with moulded dressings; smooth render to rear and return. The window openings are set within moulded surrounds with keystone detail; windows are timber sliding sashes. Painted moulded surround with keystone detail to square-headed entrance.

North east elevation not visible.

Condition Report

Overall condition is very poor.

  • Chimneys – Rendered chimney stacks to ridge stump remains only. That to gable at right lost due to partial collapse of gable wall. Chimney stump only remains to left gable and separating wall at carriage-arch. Chimney stumps appear to have been recently re-rendered.
  • Roof – Movement evident to roofslopes suggests timber structure in poor condition. Extensive slippage and breakage of slates, some replacement slates to rear roofslope. Rooflight in rear slope appears extensively corroded. Roof to rear return not accessible, however extensive vegetation growth and loss of pots to chimney indicate also in poor condition.
  • Dormers – Timber dormers to front roofslope appear in poor condition. Evidence of damp causing distortion of timber cheeks. Poor decorative order. Extensive paint peeling.
  • Rainwater Goods – Extensive vegetation growth to moulded cast-iron gutters, heavily corroded. Evidence of failure. Gutters feed into round downpipe between 49 and 51 William Street.
  • External Walls – Extensive cracking and patch repairs in cement mortar to original block marked lime rendered walling. Extensive paint peeling and damage to plasterwork at leading edges of openings.
  • Dressings – Extensive cracking to window dressings. Damage to ground floor reveals and architraves where metal guarding removed. Structural movement caused displacement of first floor sill course.
  • Entrance – Painted moulded surround to entrance door. Door boarded up. Partial loss of flat pediment to over entrance
  • Windows – One-over-one timber sliding sashes remain at ground and first floor with single timber casement window over carriage-arch. Openings largely boarded up. Metal grilles over openings heavily corroded. Timber sashes in poor condition with extensive rot to sills, misalignment and loss of glass. Evidence of timber panelled reveals internally remains.
  • Miscellaneous – Grilles to ventilate under timber floor remain visible on street however heavily corroded and partially damaged. In poor condition. Extensive surface-fixed cabling to first floor sill course. Vegetation growth to first floor window openings. Replacement metal gate to carriage-arch.
  • Structure – Significant structural crack to head of carriage-arch running through first floor sill course and to eaves through first floor window. Displacement of window above carriage-arch.

Planning History (post 1994)

Planning applications submitted as follows:

ID / Proposal

Retrospective applications for part demolition of front façade, chimneys, all roof coverings, internal floors and walls. REFUSED

Removal of chimney stacks over 47 49, 51 William Street Lurgan WITHDRAWN


Recommendations/TH Eligible Work

  • Structural – Grub-up existing floor structure and install new insulated concrete ground floor. Install new timber first floor structure. Front wall requires stabilisation works. Allow for underpinning of existing foundations.

External works to include:

  • Chimneys – Take down existing and rebuild chimneys to main roof and return, in red brick. Wood float lime based render finish with moulded detailing, install clay pots.
  • Roof – Salvage roof timbers where possible and erect new roof structure with insulation included, to main roof and return. Provide new Welsh natural slates and angled clay ridge tiles. Rebuild timber Dormer structures with pitched Welsh slate roof and timber barge-boards. Install new lead flashings, valleys and cheeks to Dormers. Provide new conservation roof light to rear slope, remove vegetation growth from return roof, rebuild roof structure, re-slate using Welsh slate.
  • Rainwater Goods – Replace existing gutters and downpipes in cast-iron, provide new fixings.
  • External walls – Remove existing render and areas of concrete block. Replace with blockmarked wood-float lime based render reinstate moulded architraves to ground and first floor windows, taking reference from remaining historic fabric.
  • Entrance – Reinstate entrance opening including moulded architrave and pediment detailing to surround at entrance door. Remove timber boarding and existing door and replace with painted timber panelled entrance door to traditional detail. Provide new painted timber sheeted rear entrance door.
  • Windows – Remove, repair and reinstate all windows including draught-proofing, allow for new painted timber one-over-one sliding sash windows to front and rear. Provide new internal linings, architraves and sills to traditional profile. Repair stone sills.
  • Carriage-arch – Remove existing gate and provide new wrought-iron double-leaf gates to traditional profile. Install new lime rendered ceiling within carriage-arch.
  • Decoration – 4 coats egg-shell paint to general walling and chimneys, 4 coats oil-based gloss paint to rainwater goods and all external woodwork, 3 coats gloss-based paint to new internal woodwork, 3 coats emulsion paint to new internal plastered surfaces.

Internal works to include:

  • Interior inaccessible however appears to require complete refurbishment. Allow for all fabric to be replaced but some elements such as the staircase, internal doors and plaster detailing may be repaired and reinstated, replacement fabric should match existing fabric where evidence remains.

Siteworks to include:

  • New sandstone entrance steps.
  • Improvements to general landscaping and surfacing to rear yard and within carriage-arch access.


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