Kilmainham Mill

Kilmainham Mill is a complex of buildings of various ages and are of significant historic importance, a protected structure and a recorded monument. The building also contains machinery and artefacts which are of significant historic importance.

The majority of the buildings were unsafe to access due to the structural stability of the roofs and floors. A significant amount of asbestos containing materials were present throughout the buildings. Japanese Knotweed and bats were also present on the site.

The works were very complex due to the above and involved the following; demolition of some ancillary buildings, the removal of asbestos containing materials throughout the complex including friable pipe insulation that was airborne (in areas were floors / roofs had collapsed); removal of all rubbish and debris but retaining components of historic machinery and artefacts; removal / supporting of unstable floors; providing temporary walkways; removal / relocation / protection of historic machinery; removal of the majority of roof finishes; removal / repair / replacement of roof timbers; fabric repairs / replacement works to bellcote (brick consolidation and new lime render), chimney (helibars and lime re-pointing), parapets (consolidation of rubble stone; re-pointing and new cut stone parapets); carefully removal and rebuilding of stone rubble boundary wall and pier; re-roofing the majority of the roofs with salvaged blue bangor slates, lead and copper valleys and flashings with the lesser buildings being re-roofed in torch on felt, fibre cement slates and corrugated aluminium sheeting; replacement of rainwater gutters and downpipes with cast iron; specialist metal fabrication (stainless steel vented chimney cap; framework for lantern); joinery repairs; installation of new lightening protection system; installation of temporary power and lights; tree removal / pruning; fencing and some site works.

Works were supervised by a Conservation Architect.

  • Client: Dublin City Council
  • Architect: Howley Hayes Cooney Architecture
  • Engineer: CORA Consulting Engineers
  • M&E Engineer: O’Connor Sutton Cronin
  • Quantity Surveyor: Austin Reddy & Company
  • Value: €1.9 million

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