Bishops Palace, Kilkenny

Redevelopment of Bishops Palace, Kilkenny

The Bishop’s Palace, Co. Kilkenny, formerly the Bishop’s residence and parochial office, was altered and extended to form offices, meeting rooms and exhibition spaces as part of the new Head Office for the Heritage Council.

The original core of the Bishop’s Palace dates from the 14th century with a tower and double hall.

This medieval fabric was altered and extended in the 17th century, and again in the 18th century, including an extension to the rear, which now houses two fine rooms at ground and first floor level.

In the early 19th century, an existing dormer floor at roof level was removed and a third floor added above the medieval halls, thus giving the current layout and appearance.

In the most recent development as well as refurbishing and redefining the main building occupancy and modern glazed pavilion extension has been added to provide additional and much needed accessible accommodation.

Our role in the project was to carry out the fire safety design by developing a fire safety strategy to obtain a Fire Safety Certificate. Due to the historic nature of the building (which is a protected structure) compensatory measures had to be employed to achieve a level of fire safety commensurate with the standards. Fire safety installations had to be designed and installed in a sympathetic manner taking account of the important nature of the building.

Total works area circa. 1,325m2.

Project carried out under GDLA form of contract.

Working on High Profile publicly accessible building.

  • Working within Historic Buildings that is subject to a Protection Order.
  • Public Works Contract using GCCC Form of Contract.
  • Design of compensating measures to take account of items in relation to the fire safety that would not meet prescriptive standards.
  • Preliminary & detailed design
  • Production of full tender package to GDLA Form of Contract
  • Pre-tender cost estimate and check
  • Tender evaluation
  • Site monitoring

Construction Cost: €6.4M

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