Roughan & O’Donovan provided civil and structural engineering services for a new parish and community centre development, adjoining the listed 19th century St. Sylvester’s church in Malahide, Co. Dublin.
Medal winner at the International Union of Architects’ Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards 2017.
Working closely with Sean Harrington Architects, we designed a new building adjoining the existing church, which provides meeting rooms, a nursery, a cafe and a contemplation room for parishioners.
Existing church facilities were maintained and improved by the provision of a sacristy, prayer chapel and priest’s residence.
A new basement level car park eliminated parking to the front of the church.
The main secular parish centre accommodation was sited around the edges of a cloister to the south of the existing church, with passive surveillance provided by the residence at the upper level.
All the works were carried out in a sympathetic manner, with traditional and new construction methods combined to create an excellent finish.
A challenging site, with significant level differences from the front to rear accesses, added complexity to the project.
- Civil engineering design
- Structural engineering design