This project consisted of three different elements: the convent, the link building and the chapel.
The convent was refurbished as new student accommodation with 41 bedrooms. Works involved alterations to existing layout; insertion of new toilets and shower rooms and refurbishment of existing; taking out and replacing all windows; insulating all existing walls with dry lining; new floor finishes; new mechanical and electrical services installation; new kitchens and refurbishment of existing; painting and decorating works.
The link building involved construction of a new steel framed link building to connect the former chapel to the convent building. Works included underpinning to the existing building, new 4 storey steel framed building with lift and staircase, glazed curtain wall façade to complement the chapel.
The chapel (protected structure) was in a bad state of repair and required extensive remedial works to address water ingress from the roof and the resulting dry rot damage to timbers including partial replacement of pitched pine roof trusses. Steel framed glass pods were inserted in the transepts, the choir was extended and refurbished. All the existing finishes were renewed or refurbished. All works were carried out in accordance with best conservation practice.
The project was completed in a live campus with minimal disruption to existing offices and occupied residential units.
- Client: Respond Housing Association
- Architect: Respond Housing Association
- Engineer: Malone O’Regan
- Quantity Surveyor: Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend
- Value: €4,200,000