Extension & Refurbishment of Former Substation, a Protected Structure

The diminutive Protected Structure c.1910, is located on a key corner of the Port Lands at Alexandra Road & East Wall Road, the western bookend of Port Centre’s Corten Turnstile Gates. This location represents the place where the sea met the land until the eastward development of the Port began in the late 18th Century. The scheme currently under construction aims to refurbish the Substation and extend the volume with a contrasting taut glazed box of similar proportions as part of Dublin Port’s Distributed Museums & performance spaces. The original seawall has been excavated within the Substation footprint and will become a permanent display below a glass floor.

This project was carried in association with conservation consultants during all project stages

Ryans Pub Historic Refurbishment

Darmody Architecture led a specialist design team to develop a detailed design to form a link between No. 3 Camden Row and the existing pub at No. 92 Camden Street. This provided new external amenity spaces whilst respecting and enhancing the existing protected structures set within an Architectural Conservation Area. Analysis of the existing structure and research into the building’s history led to the uncovering of the remains of the original 1880s shopfront structure buried beneath a 1980s soulless façade. Restoration of the decorated structural columns and Kilkenny limestone cladding began. A team of specialist contractors worked to restore and craft the public house façade to replicate the original Victorian shopfront. The project reinstated the original gravitas of a pivotal, corner building on Camden Street, Dublin 2. The building now enjoys completeness as originally intended.

Highly Commended Uncovered Façade RIAI Awards 2020
This project was carried in association with conservation consultants during all project stages

Howth Castle Redevelopment

The proposed interventions into the built fabric and landscape of Howth Castle seek to enhance it as a destination location providing leisure, food and cultural experience, whilst ensuring the setting and character of the protected structures and landscape features are maintained.

Interventions to the original fabric of the buildings seek to restore and safeguard the existing structures while a series of new proposals in the built landscape will complement and enhance the historical setting. A proposed new pavilion within the existing stable yard will ensure its continued use throughout the year and provide an injection of interest into the under-utilized space.

An exciting series of new landscape interventions seek to restore the original layouts of the castle grounds which have become overgrown and illegible over time. A proposed new greenway running through the site, was well as improved connections and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and car users alike, will also greatly improve the visitor experience to the castle.

This project was carried in association with conservation consultants during all project stages

Tobacco Warehouse Apartments

The Tobacco Warehouse in Liverpool is part of the regeneration of Stanley Docks. It belongs to a collection of historic 20th century warehouses of ‘outstanding universal value’ within the Liverpool World Heritage Site (WHS), inscribed by UNESCO in 2004. At the time of its construction in 1901 it was reported to be the worlds’ largest brick building with a floor area of 150,000 sqm. The project is an adaptive re-use of the existing warehouse, a Grade II Listed building, carefully grafting a series of contemporary Manhattan loft-style living spaces inspired by t Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation. Each living space is dual aspect and double height retaining much of the legacy historic and industrial element.

Royal Haslar

Royal Haslar is a former Ministry of Defence hospital facility dating back to 1753, set within a parkland of seventy-five acres on the banks of the Solent in the southern England. In recent decades the facility has been reused as a hospital facility, sadly the historic setting has been allowed to decline.

Darmody Architecture prepared a masterplan for the rehabilitation of the historic buildings, many of which are grade 2 Star listed properties, including the addition of circa 500 residential units both C2 and C3. The parkland will have a 100 bed four-star hotel with many other ancillary facilities.

Titanic Hotel

The Titanic Hotel is located within a world heritage site at Stanley Docks in Liverpool. The 1840’s complex of historic buildings are listed structures and have been vacant and un-utilised for many years. Darmody Architecture have developed a master strategy through the exploitation of the Victorian structures across the entire site. The programme includes two hotels, a short stay accommodation facility, large scale commercial, retail and gallery accommodation.

This contemporary hotel is carefully grafted into the Jesse Hartley (19th Century) structure to achieve a Manhattan loft-style experience. The adjacent industrial building has been re-purposed as a modern conference facility. It has won numerous awards including Royal Town Planning Institute in NW Awards 2015: Winner, Overall Planning Achievement.

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