Client: Notre Dame University / Kylemore Abbey
IN2’s works on Kylemore Abbey are an example of the delivery of in-use economies in a historic structure. Kylemore Abbey was designed by James Franklin Fuller in the 1800s. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete 40,000 square feet castle. The building is known for its historic architecture and cultural importance to the surrounding area. The castle remained a private residence until it was sold in 1920 to the Benedictine Community.
As part of one element of the Abbey refurbishment, the University of Notre Dame and the Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, formed a partnership to create a centre to advance their shared spiritual, cultural and educational missions.
Delivery of Sustainability and In-use Economies
IN2 are responsible for the design and supervision of the strip-out and renewal of the existing mechanical and electrical installation, on a phased basis while keeping the adjacent Abbey areas live at all times.
Reconciliation of architect’s expectations with the mechanical and electrical constraints of the site
Kylemore Abbey is a protected structure and therefore IN2 had to work closely with the Architect, and all aspects involved detailed input from the Conservation Architect. The differences in preference between architects and IN2 on design were reconciled by the design restrictions that come with a listed building. A pragmatic approach was adopted whereby there was an understanding that many of the services elements that were required to be upgraded were to improve occupant comfort, safety of people and protection of the fabric of the building.
IN2 were also appointed as M&E consultants for additional works in the phased refurbishment of the Abbey areas, with the replacement of all primary services and life safety systems and complete refurbishment of some zones planned. These phased works involved upgrades to the visitor experience areas of the Abbey.