Fergal McGirl - Conservation architect dublin


phibsborough luas station
We were engaged in 2021 by BAM & Transport Infrastructure Ireland to provide conservation architect oversight of repointing and repair works to the 19th century embankment walls to the Phibsborough Luas station. The works included re-pointing and masonry consolidation of wall faces and wall tops.   Read more – ‘phibsborough luas station’.
raheny extension design
An extension and energy upgrade project to a house in Raheeny is due to go on site in Summer 2020 after the lockdown period. The works extend the house to modern standards and the energy upgrade will improve the energy performance of the house to an A3 rating supported by a range of SEAI grants. Read more – ‘raheny extension design’.
the future of living in period historic houses
The Upper Leeson Street Area Residents Association (ULSARA) have celebrated their 50th anniversary with the publication of a book of essays which describe the history and character of the area as well as the associations fight against uncontrolled development in the 1960s in the area. We were delighted to contribute to the publication with a […] Read more – ‘the future of living in period historic houses’.
smarmore castle, ardee – the re-use of a historic demense
Smarmore Castle has been the seat of the Taaffe family who had large landholdings throughout Louth and are thought to have occupied the site since the construction of the tower house c1320. The tower house was extended to the south c1740s with a two-storey seven-bay U-shaped wing and extended again to the north-east with a three-storey […] Read more – ‘smarmore castle, ardee – the re-use of a historic demense’.
conservation of protected townhouse, ranelagh
Manders Terrace is a terrace of nine similar houses constructed in the 1830s as part of the early 19th century development of the suburbs to the south of the city centre. The first edition Ordnance Survey map indicates that the terrace would have been one of the earlier developments in the area although it post-dates […] Read more – ‘conservation of protected townhouse, ranelagh’.
atrium house, dublin
This project involved the extension of an existing semi-detached two-storey house from c1900 to create a new suite of living & bedroom spaces which are organised around a top-lit atrium. The hall, dining and living room create a fluid open-plan living space divided only by a sliding wall. The private rural location of the house […] Read more – ‘atrium house, dublin’.
Crumlin retrofit and extension
We just completed an extension to a 1950s Corporation house in Crumlin. The fact that the house was end-terraced allowed us to move the stairs out of the original house to create a spacious top-lit stairwell in the new extension. The house and extension were externally insulated to modern standards which gave a uniform finish externally […] Read more – ‘Crumlin retrofit and extension’.
new house extension designs
Below is a slideshow collage of several different domestic projects that we have been responsible for and have reached completion over the last six months. Bear with us – they were at various stages of completion when we were last there and we are hoping to have then photographed properly soon. There is a lot of interest from […] Read more – ‘new house extension designs’.
design of childcare buildings – an architect’s experience
The development of childcare buildings as a distinct building typology in Ireland is a relatively recent phenomenon. The boom in the provision of purpose built childcare buildings has been driven by increased childcare demand originally forecasted in The 1998 Study on the Economics of Childcare in Ireland as the labour force and the number of […] Read more – ‘design of childcare buildings – an architect’s experience’.
warrenstown, meath A2 rated energy efficient house
The clients brief to this project was to design a countryside house in a traditional style while achieving a high level of energy efficiency. The house was designed to incorporate a front parking courtyard framed by the house, a rear wing and the garage. An A2 energy rating was achieved by means of high levels […] Read more – ‘warrenstown, meath A2 rated energy efficient house’.
energy upgrade of victorian house, ranelagh, dublin
The owner of a Victorian house in Dublin had suffered an uncomfortably cold period during the severe winter of 2010. We were approached  to examine options to make the house more thermally efficient. Having first carried out an energy audit of the house, we developed a package of measures which we considered to be practical […] Read more – ‘energy upgrade of victorian house, ranelagh, dublin’.
sunroom extension, navan
A sunroom extension was added to a 1960s house outside Navan. The dwelling while having extensive gardens to its rear had little or no garden aspect from the rear of the dwelling. The projecting sunroom provided a three way aspect to the garden and new patio area with extensive glazed screens supplied by Marvin Architectural […] Read more – ‘sunroom extension, navan’.
meet the A team – sunday times january 2012
This Sunday Times article looked at several A rated energy efficient houses which also achieved a high level of aesthetics and quality appearance. Our own Mount Merrion project featured in the article. Read more – ‘meet the A team – sunday times january 2012’.
how to achieve A2 energy rating/2013 building regulations compliance
At the SEAI “See the Light” Conference in UCD, Dublin earlier this month, Martin Vaughan of the DOECLG outlined the targets for 2013-2016 part L energy performance of new dwellings. It is anticipated that new housing will be required to achieve an A2 energy rating/BER energy value of 45kwh/m2/yr. Having completed the 87 South Avenue […] Read more – ‘how to achieve A2 energy rating/2013 building regulations compliance’.
appletree foundation, dundalk, co louth conservation works
We prepared a Conservation Management Plan and Heritage Impact Assessment to inform an ongoing programme of repairs to the youth resource centre located in a protected strucure in the centre of Dundalk.   Read more – ‘appletree foundation, dundalk, co louth conservation works’.
melt temple bar
The client brief required the ground floor unit to act as a reception area as well as a retail outlet for health related products including an over-the-counter preparation area for chinese herbs. Read more – ‘melt temple bar’.
ratoath credit union, co. meath
The Ratoath branch office of Dunboyne Credit Union consisted of the substantial refurbishment and extension of an existing dwelling house on a town centre site. The building consists of central banking hall with public interview rooms and a back of house secure zone. Read more – ‘ratoath credit union, co. meath’.
redevelopment of preston place, navan
Preston Place forms part of an a laneway of shops which connect the new public plaza in Navan with Trimgate Street. The retail/restaurant proposal consisted of a two storey addition to the existing shops in order to provide a suitably scaled façade to the public space.   Read more – ‘redevelopment of preston place, navan’.
lismullen graig design statement
A Graig Design Statement Pilot Study was prepared for Lismullen as part of the 2006 Meath County Development Plan in conjunction with Meath County Council Planning Department. The document aims to identify the distinctive character of the settlement and to provide recommendations as to how new development can harmonise with the existing settlement form. The […] Read more – ‘lismullen graig design statement’.
housing scheme – navan, co. meath
The development consists of a low density development of 21 executive units on an 11 acre wooded site outside old Johnstown, Navan which features an existing gatelodge and protected entrance gates and tree belt to the former estate. Dwelling units are typically 5500 sq ft incorporating daylit basements and attic accommodation.   Read more – ‘housing scheme – navan, co. meath’.
portmarnock makeover
A request to re-organise the rear of a house in Portmarnock into a modern open plan living space led to the creation of an L-shaped space which opened to the garden through sliding timber screens. An energy upgrade of the dwelling which took full advantage of available SEAI grants included a full external insulation wrap, […] Read more – ‘portmarnock makeover’.
refubishment of house at caragh, naas
We were asked to undertake a substantial reconfiguration and extension of an existing dwelling including conversion of the attic space.  A central atrium space was carved out of the dormer attic space allowing sunlight to penetrate into the centre of the house from different directions during the day through roof lights and clerestory windows. A […] Read more – ‘refubishment of house at caragh, naas’.
kilsallaghan barn conversion, co. meath
The works consisted of the conversion of a hay barn building which forms part of the courtyard of a former fruit farm. The living room was located at first floor level accessed via a steel staircase to exploit an open view to the south. A feature wall to the gable wall incorporates double doors, stove […] Read more – ‘kilsallaghan barn conversion, co. meath’.
LAMA awards ceremony 2011
Navan Community Childcare (Daoine Oga) was nominated in the category of best community initiative in the 2011 LAMA Awards. The ceremony was held in the Crown Plaza Hotel last Saturday. The project was pipped by Ardara Urban and Village Regeneration Project (nominated by Donegal County Council) – a good night was nevertheless had by all! […] Read more – ‘LAMA awards ceremony 2011’.
presidential opening at first steps childcare
Following on from the opening of Le Cheile Community Childcare in Navan in March 2009, Mary McAleese was back this year to open the First Steps Facility in Dunshaughlin. The President was welcomed to the First Steps Childcare Centre in Lagore, by its chairperson Ellen Cogavin. The ceremony began with a blessing by Fr Clavin, […] Read more – ‘presidential opening at first steps childcare’.
energy efficiency in historic buildings database
The following is the list of references used in Fergal’s 2009 TCD Applied Building Repair and Conservation thesis entitled “Energy Efficiency Of Historic Buildings In Ireland In The Context Of The EU Energy Performance Of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2002”. A summary of the thesis was published in article format in Construct Ireland in 2009 which […] Read more – ‘energy efficiency in historic buildings database’.
bohermeen village centre, co. meath
Bohermeen was designated as a “graig” in the 2000 meath development plan. The development consists of a village centre to serve local commercial and housing needs and a retirement village with a total area in excess of 100,000 sq ft. The village centre proposal consists of a cluster of eleven dwelling houses, a public house, […] Read more – ‘bohermeen village centre, co. meath’.
low-carbon sustainable childcare building, summerhill, co. meath
The Hive was funded under the EOCP Childcare Scheme and was completed in 2007. The building was constructed off site using an Austrian closed wall timber frame construction method. The low embodied energy timber construction has superior insulation and airtightness levels while also being breathable for a healthy interior environment.       Read more – ‘low-carbon sustainable childcare building, summerhill, co. meath’.
car showroom architecture
We have prepared car showroom concepts for both Honda and Renault dealerships which both entailed overcladding existing structures to create an eye catching and economical upgrade to existing premises.   Read more – ‘car showroom architecture’.
alterations to protected dublin townhouse wellington place dublin 4
This protected townhouse in Dublin 4 is a terraced three bay three storey nineteenth century house with main entrance at first floor level from external granite steps and an apartment at ground floor level. We were commissioned in 2005 to replace a contemporary sunroom that was leaking and address issues with weathering to the building. […] Read more – ‘alterations to protected dublin townhouse wellington place dublin 4’.
creche design – balbriggan
Balbriggan Childcare Facility was developed by Mccabe Builders in 2005 as part of a masterplan housing development for the area prepared by Merville Dunbar Architects. The configuration of the building was developed in conjunction with the leaseholder to provide a suitable and flexible mix of playrooms for different age groups. Read more – ‘creche design – balbriggan’.
facade conservation, north great georges street dublin 1
In 2005 we oversaw the conservation and restoration of the facade of 10 North Great Georges Street. The brickwork facade was restored using traditional lime mortars and tuck pointing in full consultation with Dublin City Council conservation officers. Read more – ‘facade conservation, north great georges street dublin 1’.
ardbraccan glebe, navan, co meath
In 2002 we were commissioned to undertake works to a Ardbraccan Glebe, a red brick Victorian Glebe house on the outskirts of Navan, Co. Meath. The works included a new extension, renewal of building services and conservation & repair of existing building fabric. Additional photos will be posted later this year.   Read more – ‘ardbraccan glebe, navan, co meath’.
gaa clubhouse design, ratoath, co. meath
The clubhouse was configured as an L-shaped plan enclosing the rear corner of the pitch. The bar has direct views of the pitch and a glazed corridor giving access to the sub-dividable function room also acts as an indoor spectating area. The first floor level steel framed attic contains an indoor training facility. Changing rooms […] Read more – ‘gaa clubhouse design, ratoath, co. meath’.