We are proud to announce that Cork Courthouse won the award for ‘Public Building of the Year 2019’ at the Irish Building and Design Awards at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. Michael O’Boyle attended the ceremony and collected the award together with Wilson Architecture and BAM Building. This complex and high profile project required the conservation and adaptation of the nineteenth century former Model School in Cork and the introduction of a modern courthouse extension on a tight inner city site to the rear. Our work on Mullingar Courthouse was also shortlisted in the ‘Heritage and Conservation’ category at the ceremony.
We are very proud to announce that the Cork Criminal Courthouse by OPW Architects with Wilson Architecture and Bluett O’Donoghue received three awards at the 2019 RIAI Architectural Awards.. This is a fantastic result following tough competition from 41 shortlisted projects.
Winner of the Innovation award
2nd place in the RIAI Public Choice Awards
2nd place Cultural – Public Building award
Congratulations to Michael O’Boyle who lead the Bluett & O Donoghue Team.
“Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy”, November 2018
The Conference addressed the value of archaeology for society and the economy. Michael’s presentation took three late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth century buildings (Rothe House, the Hole-in-the-Wall and Fethard Tholsel) to demonstrate the role of the conservation architect.
Chief Justice Mr. Justice Frank Clarke joined Minister for Justice & Equality Charles Flanagan at the official opening of Waterford Courthouse on 9th April 2018. Michael O’Boyle was the lead Grade 1 conservation architect for the refurbishment and conservation of the historic Waterford City Courthouse.. The project involved full re-roofing of the courthouse building and portico, stone repairs, the creation of a central entrance hall and the introduction of four fully-serviced courtrooms into the historic wings. The works were carried out in close consultation with the OPW (Office of Public Works). The newly refurbished courthouse contains some 6,000 sq m of accommodation, increased from 1,100 sq m. There are now six double height courtrooms, and ancillary accommodation for judges and staff, including extensive office facilities. There are consultation rooms for practitioners and clients and a suite to provide a quiet, private and secure area for victims, families and vulnerable witnesses.There are spacious public lobby and waiting areas and spaces for the media to work – both in court and in a dedicated media room. Facilities for persons in custody include a secure entrance for prisoners reducing the public access to them.