The Restoration of the façade of The Shelbourne Hotel by specialist contractor Acol Ltd and conservation architect Alistair Lindsay for client Kennedy Wilson has won The Irish Georgian Society Architectural Conservation Award 2017.
The winners of the Irish Georgian Society’s 2017 Architectural Conservation Award and Original Drawings Award were announced by Michael Wall, Chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation, at a ceremony presided over by Dr Edward McParland in the Irish Architectural Archive.
Conservation Award – Winner: The Shelbourne Hotel
Contractor: Acol. Ltd
Architect: Lindsay Conservation Architects
Client: Kennedy Wilson
Original Drawing – Winner: Vincent Coleman
For his drawing of the Cathedral Church of St. Brendan, Clonfert
Conservation Award – Highly Commended: Stradbally Market House
Contractor: Liam Meagher Construction
Architect: Lotts Architecture
Client: Stradbally Market House Restoration Committee
Conservation Award – Highly Commended: Fancroft Mill
Architect: Marcus & Irene Sweeney
Client: Fancroft Mill & Gardens
Conservation Award – Commended: Newbridge House Courtyard
Contractor: Francis J Haughey Building Conservation
Architect: Fionnuala May, Architect, Fingal County Council
Client: Fingal County Council
Conservation Award – Commended: Richmond Barracks
Contractor: Purcell Construction
Architects: Blackwood Associates Architects & Margaret Quinlan Architects
Client: Dublin City Council
L to r: Dermot Collier, Acol Ltd; Michael Wall, Irish Georgian Society and Alastair Lindsay, Conservation Architect.
Shelbourne Hotel Restoration
Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards
The Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards Committee comprises Dr Edward McParland, Mary Bryan, Livia Hurley, Frank McDonald, Frank McCloskey and David Griffin, Chairman of Irish Georgian Society.
The awards were launched in 2009 and are open to Irish architects or architectural practices, building surveyors, contractors, engineers and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Their purpose is to encourage excellence in the area of conservation and to celebrate those conservation professionals and practitioners responsible for projects of merit.
Dr McParland observed that the IGS Conservation Awards were significant as they celebrated the traditional crafts essential in conserving our built heritage and the skills and knowledge of those involved. He further emphasised the importance of the Awards in demonstrating that decay can be reversed and allow for the recycling and new use of buildings. He concluded by reminding the attendees that these conservation projects bring huge public benefit, through the pleasure and glamour the buildings lend to public and private spaces.
In announcing the award winners, Michael Wall thanked Ronan Group Real Estate and Johnny Ronan for sponsoring the initiative and also thanked Mary Bryan and Livia Hurley for their work in steering the initiative and ensuring its delivery this year.