2022 was a busy year for Sweeney Architects and here are some of the highlights of the year. Start with some of the major projects completed in the year
St. Patrick's Senior National School
St. Patrick’s Senior National School in Skerries badly needed new classrooms.
The ageing temporary classroom block and toilets had reached their end of life and replacement permanent accommodation was urgently required.
Sweeney Architects designed an extension of four brand new classrooms with ensuite toilets and refurbished an existing classroom to provide it with ensuite toilet facilities.
The new extension was placed in such a way that the existing playground area was maintained. A new entrance onto the playground was provided and three new SET support rooms and assisted toilet/shower facilities were built.
During construction it was discovered that the existing boiler dating back to the 1970s was no longer fit for purpose.
A new energy efficient boiler was installed to serve both the existing school and its extension.
The project was completed in time for the school’s new year in September 2022.
Following the highly successful restoration of Strokestown House glasshouses, the oldest in the country, in 2022 we embarked on the restoration of the windows to the main house .following strict heritage guidelines and using traditional skill sets throughout the project, we are pleased to say that the job is now completed, ensuring the survival of one of the Irelands historic country houses.
St. Hilda's Special School
At St Hildas Special School in Athlone the project required the extension of the existing school including 2 new mainstream classrooms. We provided 2 new classrooms, a new staffroom, an accessible WC & shower, a reconfigured internal circulation, and a new main entrance including a meeting room and secretary’s office. The new main entrance provides a more inviting and accessible access point for both parents and pupils with its larger more generous lobby and direct access to the secretary’s office. In providing 2 new classrooms we had the opportunity to enhance the circulation spaces within the building by providing roof lights in both new and existing corridors to allow in natural light and create a more comfortable space for pupils and staff to move around. With Large windows and roof lights the classrooms are bright spaces which provide pupils with a more comfortable space to learn.
Dromahair Library, Leitrim
Excited to be given this opportunity to create a new local landmark, the brief will showcase the exceptional talent we have on our design team. The proposed development will construct a new two storey Open Library. The library will be a public space at the heart of the community that will aim to strengthen communities in a dynamic, creative and inclusive manner. We look forward to the completion of this project this year
Drawing on our vast and specialised resources from our design team we are working on a number of exciting extensions to schools.
While we are hoping to complete a number of healthcare and hospital project in the first half of this year namely; upgrade works at St. Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe,
St. Brigid's Hospital Ballinasloe
Extension to Castlebellingham Health Centre and ward upgrades to the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook. We will begin the building of a new high support residential unit in Castlebar in the next few weeks.
Royal Hospital in Donnybrook
In 2022 we will deliver a number of social houses with Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan and Longford County Councils
We hope to bring our award-winning skill set all these projects for housing. Which will ensure that these houses and estates become homes and communities.
With so many great projects in 2022, we would like to thank our team of contractors for their support during a very challenging year and also our team in the office. Not forgetting, also a big thank you to our clients who have invited us to collaborate on some really challenging and satisfying projects.
We are excited to see what 2023 will bring!