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Ballyfermot College Refurbished by Aughey O'Flaherty Architects

Published: Monday, October 17, 2011

Aughey O’Flaherty Architects recently completed a major refurbishment of Ballyfermot College on behalf of the OPW. Staff and students returned after the summer to light, bright, warm and airy classrooms, and overall a more energy efficient building and more pleasing environment. “The 1960s college building had been showing its age and causing some serious problems, mainly due to the leaking roof”, says Principal Maureen Conway.  The leaking roof also brought in dirt and made the building difficult to heat properly.  With 1,600 students, this made college life challenging at times. The project wasn’t without its challenges, however.  “The work had to be carried out in two fast track phases during the 3-month summer breaks of 2010 and 2011, and had to be completed in time for the start of term on each occasion,” says director Max O’Flaherty. Aughey O’Flaherty Architects’ brief was to refurbish and upgrade the roof (3,160m2) to replace all the roof glazing (900m2), to improve the ventilation, renew services installations, re-finish the interior and to remove asbestos elements from the 1960s building in controlled conditions. “We had to re-roof the school to get insulation levels in line with current standards while working with the particular design of the school.  The triangular glass-panelled roofs – nicknamed ‘Toblerones’ by staff and students –are a key characteristic of the building, so it was important to retain and enhance this design feature”, says O’Flaherty.

The Aughey O’Flaherty Architects team for Ballyfermot College included Joe Mac Mahon, Karen Brownlee, Lora Aughey and Max O’Flaherty. www.aof.ie

 

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