Monday 25th April 2022 saw the official opening of the Cavan Town Hall Arts Space.
A conservation and enhancement project of the protected structure of Cavan Town Hall (formerly Cavan UDC), this facility is now used as a 220-person theatre, a visual arts centre, children’s art facility and Studios for three resident artists.
BLUETT & O’DONOGHUE served as Project Manager and Architect on this LAMA award-winning endeavour, winning in two categories in 2020, ‘Best Heritage Project’ and ‘Best Disability Access & Inclusion Initiative’.
Pictured at the official opening of Cavan Town Hall: Front row from left : Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan Co Co ; Cllr Clifford Kelly, Cathaoirleach of Cavan Co Co ; Heather Humphries TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development ; Eoin Doyle, Director of Services for Housing, Cavan Co Co.
Back row from left : James O’Donoghue, BLUETT & O’DONOGHUE ; Vivian McCauley, JJ McCauley Construction Ltd.; Seamus McLoughlin, Housing Construction, Cavan Co Co; John Wilson, Senior Engineer, Cavan, Co Co.
Cavan Town Hall regeneration (Cavan County Council)
Cavan Town Hall wins Gold as best Heritage project 2020 at the recent All Ireland Community and Council Awards presented by IPB insurance and LAMA.
The premises, built in 1909, designed by Architect William Scott is a landmark municipal building and home to Arts in Cavan. Cavan County Council commissioned Bluett & O’Donoghue to lead the complete refurbishment of the building to secure its long term sustainability. It now serves as an important focal point for Civic life in Cavan.
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.