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02 / Projects

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THE TAPHOUSE ( Winner Pub of the year 2018 )
NECARNE ARMS ( Winner LCN Awards – Country Bar of The Year)

03 / Services


A well-considered spatial layout is fundamental to any good interior architecture project. Unless a space is fully functional and creates a stimulating environment for the user, it will not work. This overriding principal dictates all Mc Donnell Design’s work.

Our approach to interior architecture and interior design is all-inclusive, from site survey and initial concept right through to the complete working drawing package. Whether remodeling an existing space or designing a new build our experience allows us to provide you the client with fully operational and commercially successful designs that exceed your customers requirements.


Our goal is to create beautiful, stylish and carefully considered interior spaces. Aesthetics and functionality are of equal importance to us in providing interiors that have longevity.

We work with our clients to clearly identify their brief with the focus on the results and outcomes of the design and the business objectives of the project. We offer a complete interior design and decoration service which includes concept design, mood boards, sourcing and specification of products, materials and finishes through to final design development.


As well as offering a full design service, Mc Donnell Design are able to provide a project management service to oversee and manage your project from beginning to end. We work with structural, mechanical and electrical consultants along with quantity surveyors to provide you with technical solutions, costings and deadlines. Our service includes ordering and management of all elements within the project. You decide on the services package that suits your project!

Step 1
Free consultation with client at their premises to discuss their project, the initial brief, style and budget.

On Agreement carry out a detailed survey of the premises.

Bar Designers
Restaurant Designers
Hotel Designers
Cafe/Bistro Designers
Coffee Shop Designers
Shop Designers
Commercial Designers

We serve Northern Ireland :
Derry / Londonderry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh, Down.

Republic of Ireland :
Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Westmeath, Dublin.

Step 2
Draw up detailed survey.

Present a mood board incorporating proposed plan and elevation drawings. Indication of the style through images and samples of the materials, fixtures and fittings to be used.

Present a detailed costing for the proposed project.

On agreement move to step 3

Step 3
Work in association where necessary with structural, mechanical & electrical consultants. On smaller projects we can provide mechanical & electrical information required.

Present a detailed costing for the proposed project. On larger projects we work with chartered quantity surveyors to provide you with accurate costing and deadlines.

Applications for planning permission and building control approval and where required plans for licensed premises applications.

Detailed working drawings for the project and shop drawings for the manufacture of all fixtures and fittings.

Contract preparation and administration.

Project management service to oversee and manage your project from beginning to end.


    04 / Clients Say

    Garth Reihill
    The Taphouse

    I initially met with John Mc Donnell to discuss a possible renovation and re-design of a non-trading licensed property that resided in a distressed state of repair. He quickly established my requirements for this project and offered me clear and sound advice that prepared me with a road map from which the venture could proceed. John costed the job accurately to stay within my budget and furnished me with an impressive set of drawings that instilled a lot of confidence in me. He efficiently sourced all the materials needed an recommended tradesmen in whom I could expect a high quality finish. His project management skills were evident in the fact that the job was completed on time, within budget and his attention to detail is second to none. I would have no hesitation recommending Mc Donnell Design.

    Garth Ferry
    Fitzroy's & Quaywest

    We have a business relationship with Mc Donnell Design since 1994 when we first employed them to design Fitzroy’s a small café with 26 seats. John’s contemporary design and management of that job was integral to our success which enabled us in 1998 to expand Fitzroy’s to 87 seats within a very difficult site. We returned again in 2004 to formulate a concept to metamorphosed our business into Fitzroy’s Bistro. Their design and management of the project was first class. When we decided to expand our business with another site in 2003, John was integral in helping us identify a suitable site. Again Mc Donnell Design’s concept exceeded our expectations and they successfully lead a design team in the conversion of a boathouse ( a listed building) and adjoining car repair garage into Quaywest a 130 seater licensed restaurant. John provides a very accessible and personal design service with a strong attention to detail and I would have no hesitation in recommending Mc Donnell Design.

    Mark Caithness
    Exchange Restaurant & Wine Bar

    I have engaged the services of Mc Donnell Design on several occasions. I have found their work to be innovative and inspired. They provide a very personal service from concept to completion, paying particular attention to sourcing the fixtures, fittings and suppliers and providing a very accurate costings for the overall budget.

    John combines cutting edge design with the practicalities of operating my busy restaurant and wine bar. All the drawings are meticulously detailed, insuring the builder can not only cost all the work accurately but require little clarification whilst on site.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Mc Donnell Design to any prospective clients.


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    Garvan O'Doherty
    Garvan O'Doherty Group

    John Mc Donnell of Mc Donnell Design has worked at the forefront of many design projects.

    When we first met John to discuss the brief for the re-design of the Waterfoot Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar we knew it was never going to be straight forward given the circular footprint of the building. However the level of design, detail and commitment by Mc Donnell Design has ensured that we now have a project that works exceptionally well. From the outset John listened to what was required of him, drew up the design plans, researched all the materials, product selection, colour co-ordination and carried out project supervision of contractors making sure the end goal of a super product was delivered.

    John has a super sense of colour, style and materials. He truly listens to what the customer wants and strives to provide an innovative design service with passion and creative flair.

    We have utilised the services of Mc Donnell Design for both The Waterfoot Hotel and Da Vinci’s Hotel and have found John to be versatile and innovative to each specific task or project , big or small. His ability to work to budgets set and to produce a final product that meets the brief given is such that we would have no hesitation recommending Mc Donnell Design to anyone seeking a designer of this calibre.

    Mc Donnell Design Interior Designers Londonderry, Derry, Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Antrim, Down, Sligo, Monaghan, Cavan, Northern Ireland
    Ronnie Blake

    We recently used the services of Mc Donnell Design owned and run by John Mc Donnell for our restaurant. From the initial first meeting I found John to be really professional and knew exactly what we wanted. He quickly put it all on paper and left us with a plan from a…z as to what he would recommend that we do with our restaurant.

    Using all his own contacts he sourced everything leaving us to work away hassle free, virtually ! John has a real eye for detail, incorporating seating that I was not too sure of but was proved wrong as it fitted the style of the layout 100%.

    I would highly recommend Mc Donnell Design if your thinking of changing your bar, restaurant or anything literally that needs revamped and brought back to life. We would like to wish him all the best in the future and know we will definitely us his service again in future projects.

    Ronnie Blake Director and Chef, Belle’s Kitchen, Rathmullan Co. Donegal.

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    BT47 6AR

    Northern Ireland

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