Renovation Projects

Professional Engineering Response

Emergency Survey of Georgian Barracks

Project in brief
This disused youth hostel in the Wicklow Mountains was formerly a military barracks built in 1804 in the aftermath of the 1798 Rebellion, and occupies a strategic position on the Military Road with panoramic scenic views.

The East Tower of this South facing three storey ten bay barrack block had long since collapsed, and the West Tower was in a dangerous condition.

Our brief included the inspection of this protected structure; outline design of appropriate emergency stabilisation work; and a feasibility study of its sensitive renovation for modern use.

Project 3894: Conservation Engineering
Client: An Óige
Architects: Nicki Matthews

Value: €1.8k (2009)

Project scope:
  • Conservation Engineering
  • Civil + Structural Design
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Key features:

  • Inspection of Protected Structures, and production of a factual report highlighting areas in need of remedial work to preserve structural fabric
  • Formulation of appropriate remedial details for conservation review and budget costing
  • Study of proposed renovation and formulation of appropriate structural work to achieve the architectural goals whilst minimising the structural impact on the historic fabric.

Inspections & Surveys

At Lee McCullough we have extensive experience of inspecting both modern and historic buildings. We frequently inspect existing buildings to establish the ease to which they may be put to alternative use, or the most efficient means of providing additional space by extending vertically and/or laterally. We are also brought onboard as trouble-shooters when civil or structural problems arise.

Over many projects we have investigated and reported on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Condition surveys of protected structures and recorded monuments
  • Assessment of structures for modification and/or extension
  • Flood risk assessments and investigation of defective drainage
  • Due diligence and pre-purchase reports

At LeeMcCullough we take pride in providing a comprehensive service and applying our investigative talents to unravel the mystery of the problem.