HJL Architects –
51-54 Pearse St. Dublin.

51-54 Pearse Street accommodates the new design studios of Henry J Lyons Architects within a new six-storey building on a tight urban site.

Project Details

The development integrates a terrace of three mid-nineteenth century protected structures with a contemporary 2,600 m2 extension, formed about a new atrium. This atrium provides clear articulation between the refurbished protected structures and the modern studios, while bringing light and ventilation into the heart of the building. The building has been designed to achieve an A3 BER Rating and a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Works included extensive refurbishment of the original building (built in a neo-classical style in c.1840) in accordance with best practice in conservation. This included restoring the fine plasterwork, refurbishing original sash windows, re-wiring and re-plumbing, in accordance with a conservation plan. Doors, railings, granite cills and other features were carefully repaired and refurbished. New lifts, stairs, vertical risers, sanitary facilities, and service areas are provided in the new fabric, allowing for a minimal level of invasive work in the old buildings.

The project won a 2010 R.I.A.I award for “Best Commercial Building” – “The ingenious and generous space resulting from the extension and remodeling of a modest city-centre building achieves a fine balance of older texture and newer materials – a model of the advantages of urban intensification” .

Design Team, Client & Value

Client: Henry J Lyons

Architect: Lyndsey Conservation Architects

Quantity Surveyor: Bruce Shaw Partnership

M&E Engineer: Varming Consulting Engineers

Civil & Structural Engineer: Aurp Consulting Engineers

Value: €15, 000,000

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