Tropical success for JD McGeown

A strong team spirit is central to the success of every project, and JD McGeown Ltd is proud to have played an integral role in £3.8million restoration project at Tropical Ravine at the Botanic Gardens in Belfast.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the listed building, which dates back to 1887, has been restored with many of its original Victorian features reinstated and preserved. Belfast City Council also invested £1.5m in the project and a contribution was made by the Friends of Botanic Gardens.

As the electrical contractor on the project, JD McGeown provided a complete electrical solution for the project, with a specific focus on the specialist lighting delivered for this unique tourist attraction.

As the only building of its kind in Europe, the Tropical Ravine is nestled in the heart of Botanic Gardens and has now been brought back to its former glory. The ravine has been split over two levels with an open reception area on the ground floor, and the building has been modernised to make it more energy efficient. The electrical installation fed into that process and the work carried out by JD McGeown Ltd included:

  • Sub main distribution
  • General and specialist lighting
  • Emergency lighting
  • General purpose power
  • Data
  • Fire alarms
  • CCTV
  • Access control
  • Intruder alarms

The new-look ravine takes a step back to how the Victorians designed the original building in 1887, with a number of old features reinstated and unique details preserved. While the restoration is also sympathetic to the original features of the Victorian building, this has been further enhanced by the addition of a modern 21st Century twist. New technology such as the lighting installed by JD McGeown, has been designed and installed to complement the Listed building and showcase the unique plant collection it houses.

JD McGeown worked closely with the project team to ensure the highest standards were delivered.

James McGeown, Managing Director at JD McGeown Ltd, commented, “This is such a landmark building that is set to become an even more popular tourist attraction, so we are proud to have been part of the team that helped bring it back to life.”


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