Malahide Castle Refurbishment
The refurbishment of Malahide Castle was undertaken with strict working guidelines from Fingal Architects and attending archaelogists. This refurbishment included new electricity supplies, new electrical installations to meet current regulations including fire regulations, new tiling, new lighting, new lift installations, new doors and ironmongery and all undertaken to ensure that the fabric of the building was left intact.
Working closely with Architects Fionnuala May, Brian O’Connor and Francis Maguire from Fingal County Council the works meant constant communication as all works had to meet conservation and modern regulations. With some walls being removed and ground being disturbed there was constant surveillance from archaelogists who would record finds in a meticulous way so as for any future works their recordings could be used.
For anyone visiting the castle now they will see a zinc-cladded lift and spiral stair case sheeted in zinc which fits comfortably into the building fabric but they will also see a more open and dynamic ground floor with its interactive displays and informative detailed history of the previous occupants of the castle.
However a lot of the works undertaken are not seen but this is expected in such a historical building – we would encourage everyone to visit this unique building and get a feel for life in years gone by – you may see or bump into one of the seven ghosts that are in residence.
Client: Fingal County Council
Architect: Fionnuala May, Brian O’Connor, Francis Maguire
QS: Sean Sloyan