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Kilrush, Co. Clare
|This landmark project, located adjacent to Kilrush Marina in Co.
Clare involved the complete refurbishment and renovation of two
derelict mills and their conversion into a feature building creating
a new business heart to the town. This Business Centre will
form the lynch pin of a complete new Business Quarter
incorporating residential, office units, hotel and car parking.
The restoration project included the complete replacement of the
structural skeleton in each mill which involved a significant
temporary works process. The entire façade was renovated
using lime mortar pointing, appropriate to the buildings status as
a protected structure.
The feature curtain walling façade opens into a 5 storey atrium
which leads onto state of the art offices and public spaces
finished to the highest specification.
The feature structural glazed, curtain walling façade opens into a
5 storey atrium which leads onto state of the art offices and
public spaces finished to the highest specification.
The new-build centre portion of the development comprised of
an architectural concrete steelwork supporting the roof and
glazed façade. The feature atrium includes architectural insitu
concrete wing walls extending 5 storeys and its roof includes a
feature rooflight with standing seam metal cladding.
The internal fabric included acoustic plasterboard partition walls
and ceilings. Particular attention was required where tying the
new build works of the centre building into the restored
stonework walls on the existing mills.
A completely flexible approach was taken during the construction
phase. As with most conservation projects, it is often only when
work gets underway that details and solutions can be developed
to overcome the challenges presented when combining modern
construction and new build with the methods required with
conservation and restoration. Particular challenges overcome at
Merchants Quay include the weathering of a fully glazed façade
with existing stone buildings in an extremely exposed
environment facing onto the Atlantic Ocean.
|Client||Merchant Quay Development|
|Architect||Neil Bennett Associates
|Date of Completion||October 2008.|