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RCPI New Conference & Event Venue

Background

The RCPI building is a protected structure dating from circa 1860 and is considered to be of national importance. All works were required to be carried out with minimum intervention.

Objectives

Scott Tallon Walker Architects who, in common with Lissadell, were involved for many years with No. 6 Kildare Street undertook to facilitate a change of use of the building to a 'conference & event venue'. The project addressed the following issues:

  • The rationalisation of administrative offices within the existing building
  • The return of formal rooms to their original uses
  • To address deficiencies in fire safety
  • The provision of access for disabled persons to all areas of the building
  • The complete upgrade of the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, environmental and IT services

Access

Access was limited to loading only through a small shared yard to the rear of the building.

Features

  • 6 new lifts including passenger lifts, multiple goods lifts and a stage lift for the main reception room.
  • The building was fitted out with full catering facilities.
  • Construction of a 250 msq structural steel platform at roof level spanning the centre of the building to carry air-handling plant.
  • Propping and introduction of structural steel supports to floors and stairs, together with new steel and glass stairs linking all floors.
  • Construction and fit-out of new video conferencing room.
  • All coving and cornicing maintained and picked out through decoration.
  • In keeping with good conservation practice the substantial volume of services ducts and trays were routed such that they remain hidden.
  • Complete redecoration throughout.

Points of Note

  • This was a highly complex project and required a high level of co-ordination between design team, main contractor and all sub-contractors.
  • The historic and protected structure didn't easily lend itself to significantly alterating its application to a new use.
  • The complex nature of the project stemmed in part from the high volume of services ducts, routes and cables for electrical, mechanical, IT and Audio Visual purposes within rooms, corridors, floors and ceiling spaces.
  • Location
    Dublin 2
  • Architect
    Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • Client
    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Engineers
    Arup
  • Quantity Surveyors
    DLPKS
  • Completion date
    December 2005