Castle Espie Wetland Restoration

Key facts

Client: Heritage Lottey Fund
Value: 4.11 Million
Architect: Adams Habermehl
Contractor: Glasgiven Contracts Ltd & Clive Richardson Ltd

Services Provided

  • Project Monitoring


  • Conservation

Castle Espie is a nature reserve located in North County Down and is a very important site owned and run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. This £4.11 Million project restored a major wetland and was the largest investment in biodiversity in Northern Ireland.

At the heart of the project was the restoration and improvement of inter-tidal and freshwater habitats along the shores of Strangford Lough. This was to encourage more species and greater numbers of waterbirds to feed, roost or breed at Castle Espie, as well as restoring important habitats. A new ecologically-sustainable visitor centre was also constructed along with other improvements carried out to hides and observatories.

2M Associates provided Project Monitoring Services to the Heritage Lottery Fund Belfast office, undertaking reviews of the project at pre-determined intervals and reporting on:

  • Progress of all relevant Project activities against the programme
  • Project Expenditure (actual / forecast against budget)
  • Proposed and Actual changes to the project and their likely effect / impact on the approved purposes
  • Any contractual arrangements or claims affecting the project
  • Applications for project finance drawdown
  • Recommendations for action by the funder / monitor

We were appointed immediately after the approval by the HLF of the Grantee's Stage 2 Application, providing Project Monitoring services which included:

  • Ensuring the project delivered its approved purposes
  • Ensuring that the risks to the HLF were understood and managed
  • Ensuring best practice was achieved at all times
  • Ensuring that the financial and project management was sound and transparent