• Jun 25
  • 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Exterior Restoration of the Shelbourne Hotel by Dermot Collier

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Tuesday 25 June 2024
12.00pm - 1.30pm
Member Rate: €30 | Practice Rate: €30 | Non Member: €45
1.5 Structured CPD Points

Event Information

The RIAI and the Heritage Contractors Register present a live CPD session led by Dermot Collier on the Exterior Restoration of the Shelbourne Hotel.

Join Dermot for an insightful session on the meticulous restoration of the iconic Shelbourne Hotel. As former CEO of Acol Ltd, a building restoration company, he will provide an overview of some notable projects he has led, with a particular focus on the Shelbourne Hotel project. Additionally, Dermot will share insights from his current role as an OPW District Inspector. 

This course is ideal for architects, architectural technologists, conservation specialists, and anyone with an interest in the preservation of historic buildings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field and enhance your skills in building restoration.

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the complexities and techniques involved in the restoration of historic buildings. Through the lens of the Shelbourne Hotel project, participants will gain practical insights into effective coordination, craftsmanship, and problem-solving strategies essential for successful restoration.


  • Project Scope and Planning: Understanding the initial assessment and planning stages for a large-scale restoration project.
  • Team Coordination: Managing and coordinating a team of over 50 specialist craftsmen with diverse skills.
  • Restoration Techniques:
    • Removing old paint from stucco work.
    • Replacing damaged or brittle moulding.
    • Restoring architectural elements such as keystones, corbels, windows, and chimneys.
    • Repointing brickwork for structural integrity.
    • Mending roofing and flashing.
  • Challenges and Solutions: Identifying common challenges in restoration projects and exploring innovative solutions.


Local Authority/Non-Member bookings must be accompanied by a Purchase Order number, without this the booking cannot be processed. Contact Teresa Harte E: tharte@riai.ie or T: 01 6691472. 


This webinar will be recorded to purchase for future delivery via RIAI Digital Chalk.


Dermot Collier, District Inspector with the OPW

With 40 years of experience working on both old and new buildings, Dermot Collier is eager to share his knowledge and the collective experiences of the teams he has collaborated with on various intriguing projects. His goal is to highlight these remarkable places and narrate the story of the meticulous work involved in preserving these structures for future generations.

Dermot believes that no building or structure is the result of a single person's efforts. It is the collaborative effort between architects, engineers, contractors, and conservation experts to the successful preservation and revitalization of buildings.

Dermot has been an active member of the construction community, having served as a Past Member of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Past Chairman of the Northeast Branch of the CIF, and participated on various committees for over 20 years, including the CIF Executive Committee, Heritage Contractors Committee, ASCA Committee, CIF Health and Safety Committee, and the CIF Apprenticeship Committee. Additionally, he is a past member of the Meath Enterprise Board and occasionally lectures on conservation at Trinity College Dublin.

He has delivered presentations to esteemed organizations such as the Irish Georgian Society, the Building Limes Forum of Ireland, Dublin Civic Trust, Dublin Corporation, and the Office of Public Works. Dermot's diverse training includes courses at Warrenstown Agricultural College, Bolton Street College of Technology, Maynooth University, West Dean College in Chichester, The Scottish Lime Centre in Edinburgh, and with various industry experts such as the German Chamber of Commerce, Mathys, Ronacrete, Remmers, Suretwist, Neolith, Tensid, Prosoco, Stonecare, and Layer Scaffold. His vast experience spans both the private and public sectors.

Dermot is passionate about preserving our building stock for future generations. Being part of a larger professional team within the OPW, with all the support that a significant organization provides, has further fueled his interest in historic buildings and expanded his commitment to their preservation.