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’.
conservation architect dublin
Historic buildings require professional conservation skills that can only be learned over time. Fergal’s background and experience as a conservation architect is outlined as follows: 1995-1996:     Worked with conservation practices Richard Hurley & Associates and Hamilton Young Architects on protected structures including St. Marys & St. Annes Cathedral, Cork. 1996-2000:    Worked with Arthur Gibney […] Read more – ‘conservation architect dublin’.
housing development, kilcarn, navan
We have received planning permission for a development or 51 housing units at Johnstown, Navan. The development integrates historic local features including a protected tree belt, protected gatelodge and entrance gates with most units having a direct aspect to an amenity area of open space.     Read more – ‘housing development, kilcarn, navan’.
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’.
hyundai car showroom design, fairview, dublin 3
We completed a fit out of Fairview Motors, Dublin 3 in December 2015. We were responsible for the car showroom design and project management of the works which consisted of a fit out of an existing 5000 sq ft. premises. The works were carried out to the new Hyundai international brand standards and included a […] Read more – ‘hyundai car showroom design, fairview, dublin 3’.
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’.
conservation approach to dry rot treatment in historic buildings
We were asked to look into the cause of an outbreak of dry rot in an early 20th century farmhouse in Louth. The case that dry rot fungus requires a moisture source to develop and that it can be treated by addressing the sources of moisture is explored in “Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation […] Read more – ‘conservation approach to dry rot treatment in historic buildings’.
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’.
ashbourne office fit out, co. meath
The design includes an elliptical meeting room with intergrated audio-visual facilities, two fully glazed offices and a reception/casual meeting area. A feature of the design relating to fact that the client carries out a substantial amount of international business was the selection of classic Irish finishes including connemara marble reception counter and slate and oak […] Read more – ‘ashbourne office fit out, co. meath’.
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’.
duleek parish centre design, co. meath
We have developed a sketch design for a new parish centre for Duleek Village. The proposed development is located in a historically and archaeologically sensitive site adjacent to the church and graveyard in the centre of the village. The building form establishes an edge to the church grounds as well as a community courtyard that functions […] Read more – ‘duleek parish centre design, co. meath’.
community childcare facility, dunshaughlin, co. meath
First Steps was constructed in 2008/09 with the support of government funding under the National Childcare Investment Programme. The building which is ideally located as a landmark building at the entrance to a housing development features a compact yet flexible internal layout, covered outdoor play space and south facing secure play area.   Read more – ‘community childcare facility, dunshaughlin, co. meath’.
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’.
16 henrietta street open ideas competition
The design addresses the issue of inserting a contemporary design into this highly sensitive historic setting by means of a double skin façade consisting of an outer skin of planar glazing which wraps the solid concrete inner shell of the building. The planar glazing respects and completes the building line and height of the street […] Read more – ‘16 henrietta street open ideas competition’.
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’.
preschool childcare design, ratoath, co. meath
Ratoath Childcare Facility was developed in two phases in 2000 & 2006 to provide comprehensive full day and sessional childcare for the local community. The phase I building is organised around a south facing secure courtyard/outdoor play space to which all the pre school play rooms have direct views/access. The phase II building features vaulted […] Read more – ‘preschool childcare design, ratoath, co. meath’.
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’.
trim castle hotel, co. meath
Following a successful developer-led competition in 2002, we prepared the design of Trim Castle Hotel to planning application stage. The building consists of a compact four storey block contained by castle street to the east, a proposed new link road to Emmet Street to the north, existing church gardens to the south and a retained […] Read more – ‘trim castle hotel, co. meath’.
church spire, belfast cathedral
The design of the spire for an open competition was based around the concept of a system of hinged louvres which when in a closed position during the daytime present the spire as a copper clad entity and when opened and illuminated from below at night act as white powder coated light reflectors to create […] Read more – ‘church spire, belfast cathedral’.
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’.
community childcare project, ballivor, co. meath
Ballivor Childcare Facility was developed by the local community and was the first such facility to funding from the Dept. of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The playrooms are orientated south forming a sunny secure enclosed play area against an existing mature wooded area. Part of the all weather surfaced play area has a retractable […] Read more – ‘community childcare project, ballivor, co. meath’.
U2 tower studio, britain quay, dublin
It was considered in the context of the overall grand canal dock masterplan that it was inappropriate to develop the relatively small campshire site with a vertically massed element as implied by the brief as a 95m high landmark building had already been granted planning permission immediately to the west of the site. A more […] Read more – ‘U2 tower studio, britain quay, dublin’.
soccer clubhouse design, ratoath, co. meath
The soccer clubhouse design was planned as a compact narrow block to minimise impact on the width of the existing pitches. Changing rooms and bar/pitch storage are accommodated at ground floor level. Bar/function room, configured as a sub dividable open plan space are located at first floor level to maximise views over the pitches. A […] Read more – ‘soccer clubhouse design, ratoath, 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’.
housing scheme – ratoath, co. meath
Moatlands estate was developed in 1994 as 35 unit town centre apartment/townhouse development. Townhouses are stepped with the slope of the site around a south facing open space with communal car parking. individual houses have stepped approach/raised planters to maintain privacy. The development featured in the 2003 RIAI “New Housing” publication of housing design.   Read more – ‘housing scheme – ratoath, co. meath’.