Ursuline Convent

Project name and location

Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork

Project details

This project comprised of 3500m2 of refurbishment and fit out of a 4 storey over basement 18th Century building which is a protected structure. The main core of the building was converted into offices while the remainder of the building, previously an old convent, was converted into 27 apartments. Works involved the removal of existing slates, making good the existing timber trusses including new splice ends and treatment, replacement of glulam beams, lead work to parapets and rotundas. Works also involved the replacement of the existing roof over adjoining church. Demolition works included the demolition of some internal stone walls and refurbishment consisted of work on 200 plus existing windows & shutters, as well as replacing existing timber window heads. All the internal doors and stairs were refurbished. Existing floors had to be lifted which included cut and splice, joist ends, inspect and treat areas infected by rot. On the basement floor plaster was hacked off, wall damp proofed and re-plastered with lime render. This was done in other areas where plaster was loose, as well as the outside façade with a Keim paint finish. Externally, stone work was repointed, railings were refurbished and landscaping work was carried out. Some of the conservation subcontractors who carried out works on this project were Ronan Creative Ironworks, Callaghan Sash Windows, Grecian Mouldings & John Lee Treatment Specialist.

The challenge

It was intended that all sash windows were to remain in situ however when works commenced it was deemed necessary to remove them all which created a potential security issue.

How we overcame the challenge

It was necessary to ensure that access to school and burial ground were kept in pristine condition and this was addressed on a daily basis. In relation to security we engaged the services of a well respected company using the latest technology.


This project was delivered on time and within budget.