Colm Mac Craith

Colm MacCraith

Department of Education and Skills
Donaghy + Dimond Architects
Kilmainham, Dublin 10


Roughan & O'Donovan provided full civil and structural engineering consultancy services for the construction of a new three-storey building and the refurbishment of an existing ‘model school’ building at Inchicore National School in Dublin. 


Phase 1

The new school building was laid out with two floors of three classrooms over an open plan general purpose hall, with a transfer structure at 1st floor level supporting the classroom structural grid over the hall below. 

Construction is of reinforced concrete and load bearing masonry construction with brick and timber cladding.

Phase 2

The refurbishment and remodelling of the ’model school’ - built in 1853 - involved:

  • Replacing the concrete floors with suspended timber floors to reinstate the original form of construction
  • Constructing a new roof enclosure over what was originally an internal courtyard but which had, during previous alterations, been converted to toilet blocks

Phase 3

The final phase involved demolition of 'temporary' accommodation onsite and completion of the site works, including:

  • Replacement of all drainage
  • Installation of surface water attenuation measures
  • The design of the school has dramatically altered the teaching and learning environment, bringing an uplifting and calming effect.

    Terry McCarthy

    Retired Principal, Inchicore National School


The project was completed in stages, with pupils being moved around the site while the works were being carried out.

Services provided:

  • Structural engineering design
  • Civil engineering design