Conservation Heritage

Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Dublin


Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.




O\'Keefe Architects

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Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Dublin
Frobel College is a listed structure. We were contracted to refurbish a substantial part of the existing building in order to make way for the construction of a new pavilion entrance and 3 storey atrium.

Description of Works
Works involved the part demolition of extensions to an existing 3 storey building which is a listed structure. Piling was necessary prior to commencing the construction of a new 80m2 single storey pavilion entrance and a 300m2 3 storey atrium.
A steel structure was constructed at roof level of the new atrium which was in-filled with glazed panels. Roof finishes to the existing roofs included lead & copper and natural slating, 3 flights of steel staircases with steel handrails & glazed balustrades were installed, floor finishes to the galleries & stairs comprised of white oak flooring boards, marmoleum & carpet finishes were fitted to select classrooms.
All wall finishes to the new atrium were completed using a render comprising of lime, cement & sand so as to match the existing finishes. The ground floors are constructed using a concrete sub floor, under floor heating with a self-levelling floor screed complete with a polished granite tile. All mechanical, electrical & alarm systems were upgraded so as to comply with current building & fire regulations.
Various other areas of the college were refurbished under the contract. The upgrading of the existing drainage network, roadways, car parks & landscaping completed what was a very complex project.

Key Services Undertaken
  • Demolition
  • Piling
  • Shuttering / concrete works
  • Structural steel
  • Refurbishment
  • Refurbishment of existing joinery
  • Joinery
  • Fitted furniture
  • Natural slating
  • Lead & Copper works
  • Re-roofing
  • Lime rendering (specialist)
  • Complete fit out
  • Internal décor
  • Drainage
  • Landscaping
  • Vehicular driveway provision