Sunday, 19 May 2024

kilwarlin project sponsor

Job Element


Title of Role

Project Sponsor (PS)


£18,150 (part-time)

Reporting to

Senior Responsible Officer and the Project Board


April – December 2024


The work shall be primarily based at Kilwarlin Moravian Church near Hillsborough, County Down with local travel.

Main Purpose of Role

The Project Sponsor is responsible for delivery of the main output, which is a visioning document (to include costed masterplan with defined phasing, with budget defined and identified agreed deliverables.

To include access, construction, and operational outline strategies.

The PS is responsible for the overall coordination and day-to-day operation of the project and in doing so create an environment that includes all stakeholders.


The Gardens at Kilwarlin is a story of migration and refuge. Basil Patras Zula a Greek refugee fleeing from the Turks in the 19th C Greek War of Independence was welcomed and became embedded into the local Kilwarlin /Hillsborough community and in the process helped reshape and transform it.

As a legacy to the local community Zula created the terrain of the pre-classical battlefield of Thermopylae and within it and the wider gardens included features of the Greek Alphabet, a Mediterranean style summer house and water features, including a pond a gravity fed mechanical fountain.

This are the only known representation of this historic battlefield anywhere in the world. The Battle Garden is unique to Ireland, north or south, with only a handful of similar landscapes in Great Britain. There are no known Battle Gardens in the world to reference Thermopylae. It is a Registered Historic Park, Garden and Demesne in the Belfast Metropolitan Plan (LN04/01 Moravian Church Garden).

The overall objective of our project is to restore and renew the gardens to provide a clear visitor proposition and crucially make them safe, accessible, and relevant to the current visitor attraction and tourism demand. It is important that the gardens celebrate their heritage and communicate their origin story, a narrative which is particularly relevant today.

The vision for the site is to provide a space for the enjoyment of the community and visitors alike, where people can learn the story and appreciate the significance of the designed forms and artifacts throughout the gardens. Set within the rolling rural landscape the gardens will also provide a perfect opportunity to celebrate nature, biodiversity and wildlife.

Duties & Responsibilities


To oversee:

  • Preparation of Project Brief for the appointment of a Master Planning Team
  • Development of Masterplan progressed to include outline proposals for Interpretation, access strategy, structural design and cost information.
  • Engagement with Statutory authority

To oversee consultations:

  • With the local congregation and the wider Moravian community in the Irish District
  • Hillsborough Castle with the view to develop partnership and collaboration.
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh Council: the aim will be to secure the input of the Council in the promotion of Kilwarlin as a centre accommodation, retreat and historic garden
  • Local schools, organisations and community groups to promote the centre: given the fact that Zula was a refugee from Greece, particular attention will be given to community-based-organisations with an interest in integration, who are working BME communities and refugees.
  • Clubs and societies, for example Orange Orders, Greek Classical society, among others.
  • Residents, businesses and churches in the local community

Management & Reporting

The Project Sponsor is responsible to:

  • Report to the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) and the Project Board (PB)
  • Prepare report to the funding organisation, the NLHF
  • Manage the project budget, the performance payment mechanisms, and time completion of all deliverables.
  • Manage the effective operation of the Project Steering Group (PSG)
  • Manage the competition for the appointment of the specialist consultants for the preparation of the site Master Plan
  • Recommend to SRO and PB the appointment of the successful Master Planning Team.
  • Establish stakeholder groupings, to meet with and provide timely updates.
  • Undertake and perform any other duties stipulated by the SRO and PB, in connection safe, effective and efficient performance of the Project Sponsor function.

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience as Project Sponsor for similar type capital development projects within the last 10 years
  • Experience engaging community and securing stakeholder participation in projects demonstrating good communication skills
  • Formal qualification in one of the following fields: Project Management, construction Landscape Architecture, Town Planning; Architecture, Civil/Structural engineer; Quantity Surveyor, or a field related to one of the above

Desirable Criteria:

  • Knowledge of heritage, tourism and community in Northern Ireland
  • Awareness of charities and community organisations in Northern Ireland

How to Apply:

  • Send completed application for to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Or Mail completed application form to: Project Sponsor, C/o 5 Baronscourt Glen, Carryduff, BT8 8F
  • Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday March 16, 2024

Interview and selection

  • Shortlisting may apply.
  • Interviews for the post will be held face-to-face in the week of March 25-28, 2024.
  • It is expected that the selected candidate will be able to commence the post in April 2024.


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