Heritage Centre – Restoration
Location: Newtown Rd., Wexford
Original built as a private residence two centuries ago, this is by no means the biggest, or most prominent architectural commission we have undertaken, but is huge in stature by virtue of its historical significance – from such humble origins in 1871, over the following decades grew what has since become a truly global religious order (primarily in the fields of healthcare and education).
In this sense, we like to think that our role (and indeed relationship) with our clients extends far beyond the realm of merely being a “service provider”.
On this particular project, to encapsulate the right spirit of what the restored building (now a Heritage Centre for the Order) should evoke, we first studied with passionate interest the evolution of the Order itself from inception to the present day. Such an in-depth insight and being able to work alongside our client for this type of project affords us a certain clarity as to the overriding “message” that the building should project – in this case one of humility (in contrast to the architectural excesses that might otherwise have been inappropriately foisted on the design efforts).
As always when it comes to Protected Structures, we exercise the utmost of sensitivity, with restoration work often involving a huge element of research on our part (such as lime plaster techniques, restoration of original sash windows, etc.)
Role: Architectural Consultants