68 O’Connell Street is a fine early 19th century house in the centre of Georgian Limerick, a Protected Structure. Sheehan and Barry worked as specialist Conservation Architects for the original house. We worked alongside David Leahy Architects. DHL designed the new additions to the rear to create additional office facilities and an atrium. Sheehan and Barry were responsible for retaining and restoring the original Protected Structure.
The works included conservation of fine plasterwork, joinery, stonework and chimneypieces internally. Extensive conservation and restoration of the brick facades at front and rear was carried out, along with the restoration of the original Irish wigged pointing. We reinstated the main doorcase with its arched lead-glass fan light and the timber surround with its finely carved frieze supported on columns.
To meet the requirements of a modern working environment, substantial fire proofing works were needed to the historic floors, stairs, walls and doors. New M&E services were also needed.
Our challenge was to respect the historic character and features of the house while incorporating modern user needs.