Projects > Heritage, Conservation & Restoration Projects
Corofin, Co. Clare
|In August 2008 L&M Keating Ltd. were awarded the contract to
fully restore and refurbish Clifden House.
The works involved restoring the existing building back to its
original condition with special emphasis on retaining the original
features of the house e.g. stone masonry, windows, cornices,
ceilings, stairways and internal joinery. There is an emphasis on
the use of traditional materials and traditional methods on
construction and the restoration of original fixtures and fittings
including all windows, internal joinery, cornicing and
Other works carried out included:
Refurbishment of existing roofs. Fabric and structural upgrading.
Refurbishment, flaunching and stabilisation of all chimneys.
Installation of new structural attic floor while maintaining the
original ceiling underneath. Full insulation of walls, ceilings and
roof spaces. Installation of new heating system. New electrical
wiring throughout. Full fitout of toilets. Alteration to existing
openings to comply with disability access requirements. The
installation of new external areas. The cleaning down,
re-plastering, restoration and re-painting of all external facades.
The installation of new glazing in existing window opes. Pointing
of original stone walls.
Throughout the project L&M Keating Ltd. continuously liaised
with and implemented the guidelines of the Conservation
Architects Healy and Partners and the County Heritage Officer.
In addition to the emphasis on conservation and restoration the
house and grounds are within a protected natural habitat for
certain endangered species which necessitated the use of
ecologically sensitive methods of construction.
Particular Health & Safety issues during the project included:
The demolition and restoration of existing floors within the
building while maintaining protected ceiling finishes. Installing a
new roof over the building while protecting the internal finishes.
Setting up workshops on site to carry out craft and restoration
|Architect||Healy & Partners