Blackrock FEI


Refurbishment and conservation of a protected structure for educational purposes.


Dun Laoghaire VEC


McCullough Mulvin

Civil & Structural Engineer

Horgan Lynch

Services Engineer







Winner of the Georgian Society Award for Architectural Conservation. 

Further Education Institute encompasses three heritage buildings in one state of the art educational facility, showcasing the highest standards in design and master craftsmanship. The seamless connection between the historic characteristics and the modern architectural design features, conceals the many challenges posed and expertly executed by the project team.

Restoration of the existing features, including mosaic floors, cornices, arches, corbels and exposed rustic red brick chimney stacks, compliments the new European oak entrance lobby, the digitally printed atrium floor and various high tech design studios and lecture theatres situated throughout the college.

An intricate refurbishment of protected structures.

The project required demolition to part of existing buildings on site, construction of a new 4-storey extension over lower ground floor basement. This was attached to an existing protected structure which was refurbished to include senior college facilities and a new library facility for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The new structure is approximately 4,347m2 with 250m2 of atrium and garden space and remaining existing structure is approximately 1,711m2. The completed structure is to be used for educational purposes with offices, classrooms, social areas and staff rooms and the extension of the Blackrock Library.

The existing protected structures (3 no.) the Carnegie Library, The Municipal Technical Institute and the Town Hall required all works to be carried out in accordance with the current legislation and statutory obligations pertaining to protected buildings. Works included all associated site services and external site development. A complex build in that the footprint of the building covers the entire site which is situated between two fully operational crèches. This required the implementation of a carefully co-ordinated traffic management plan and delivery schedule in order to minimise disruption. Collen Construction were also responsible for the maintenance of an escape-way from neighbouring buildings.

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A carefully coordinated refurbishment of protected structures providing a new educational facility.

The project demonstrates seamless connection between the old and the new. Key features of the build include:

01. Conversation and restoration of 3 protected structures

02. New European oak entrance lobby

03. New atrium and garden space

04. Exposed rustic red brick chimney stacks


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