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Malahide Castle Refurbishment – Fingal County Council
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Refurbishment and Fire upgrade works to Malahide Castle in Dublin.

The castle is one of the oldest castles in Ireland dating back to the 12th Century and as a result the protection of the fabric of the building was paramount at all stages of the project. The Castle is a working tourist facility on the grounds of a public park, therefore public safety was essential at all times.

Work on the Malahide Castle Refurbishment included the removal of existing floor coverings and floor boarding, fixing of new floor sheeting and firestopping. Installation of new electrical layout, rewiring and protective services including re-wiring of three large antique chandeliers. Sliding sash window repairs, front door and gate restoration and automation, fire door upgrades, carpeting, painting and final finishes.

Due to the age and historic importance of the building, extreme care and innovative ways of thinking were necessary when carrying out even the simplest of tasks to ensure the building and its contents were protected. Surprises were abundant, when skirting boards were opened up glass was found protruding from the walls, which was apparently an ancient rodent control technique!

These challenging works were expertly managed by our team. The project involved very close coordination and communication with the client on site and they were extremely happy with the end result and finish of the project.

McKeon Group acted as Main Contractor and PSCS.

Client Testimonial:

“The refurbishment and fire safety upgrade of the upper floors of the historic interiors at Malahide Castle required as much care in relation to opening up, deliveries and first fix as it did in final decorations. Also, given the busy daily public tours in the state rooms on the lower floors, the contractor’s safety plan for the works was a key element in this sensitive and difficult fitout project. In all respects McKeon Group and their Project Manager, Aidan McEnroe, and his colleagues, met the all the design, implementation and programme demands as the job progressed to a successful completion.”

Brian O’Connor, Project Architect
Fingal County Council Architects Dept.


Project Details
  • Client: Fingal County Council
  • Contract Value: €90,000
  • Location: Malahide, Dublin
  • Date of Completion: February 2014
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