Carrolls's Factory refurbishment wins RIBA Award

25.06.2012

Author: Sheila Carney

Sheila is co-lead director of our London studio with expertise in the design of complex Healthcare and Laboratory projects such as Proton Beam Therapy Facilities, Radio Pharmaceutical, Cyclotron and Nuclear Medicine.

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Carrolls's Factory refurbishment wins RIBA Award

It is not often that a firm gets a chance do a makeover of one of their masterpieces. The Original Carroll's Factory which was completed in 1970 has received architectural recognition as one of Irelands finest modern industrial buildings designed in a Mesian style. The original building became a symbol of Ireland’s emerging industrial base and the shift towards improved working environments.

In 2002, the building was acquired by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), to accomodate teaching and administrative facilities for the departments of Informatics and Creative Arts.
The challenge was to accomodate 10,000 sq metres of accommodation for the Institute’s School of Informatics & Creative Arts without comprimising the architectural integrity of a building which is designated a protected structure while increasing the energy rating from G to B1.
The refurbishment of the PJ Carrolls factory in Dundalk is an example of how the best principles of sustainable design may be applied to a protected structure.
RIBA Award 2012 - Project Information
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21/2/2011 - The PJ Carroll & Company factory has now been opened as the DkIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts
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