Deighton Hall, Carlow.

The second project of the Honours course involved the conservation of Deighton Hall, Carlow. Built in the mid 1700’s and once the courthouse for Carlow county, it has been derelict for several decades. The project proposed a mixed-use building with café, office space and citizen’s information centre.

Once the initial building survey and condition report was completed in groups, we individually proposed renovations and new-build works in order to meet the accommodation requirements in compliance with Parts B, M, K and L of the Building Regulations. Part M (Universal Access) was of particular difficulty due to the building’s irregular floor levels.

My proposal included the insertion of a small timber structure to house office space in a small courtyard to the rear of the building, a sensitively designed lift providing access to the first floor, small timber offices on the ground floor, and a ramp for access from the street. Additional work included the reinstallation of half the main staircase, which was demolished in the 1920’s in order to install bathrooms and a kitchen. (AutoCAD)