AFTER more than two years in dormancy, regeneration work has begun on the historic Sion Mills stable block.
It is four years since a large section of the stables caved in, sending over 150 years of history crashing to the ground.
Plans to restore the building were unveiled in 2009 however the project has remained largely mothballed since.
But earlier this month contractors moved in to begin the painstaking task of rebuilding the B+ Listed 19th century property.
Phase one of the project is expected to take up to four months and will see the roof, made from the original slates, and village clock tower restored.
Phase two is due to start in January with a completion date of between July and September earmarked. When finished, the dilapidated building will have been transformed into, among other things, tea rooms, a tourist facility and museum.
Helping drive the project is the Sion Mills Building Preservation Trust’s Stephen McNamee. He said everyone was delighted that the project was moving forward after years on the shelf.
“We held a community consultation week in January and there was a huge interest from people living in the village. So everyone is delighted that work is moving forward again.”