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Loretto Abbey

Loretto Abbey

Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham is a regionally important building on the list of Protected Structures. Purchased by the Department of Education in 2011, it is planned to convert the building, which extend to 8,630m2, into a 16 classroom post primary school. Vacant for at least 10 years prior to its purchase, and with only minor emergency works having taking place as the building was in NAMA, a decision was made by the department to secure the building on a more permanent basis. Working as part of a selected design team, we developed and tendered a scheme of remedial work. The works which we have detailed include securing the spires cantilevered walkways, repairs to rotten roof trusses and floor joists, assessment of existing structure, etc.

Key Tasks and Challenges:

  • Detailed internal and external structural survey of extensive building complex
  • Assessment of historic structural members
  • Sympathetic design of remedial structural works in a protected structure
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Working within tight budget constraints

Client: Department of Education
Budget: €
Architect: Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners