OPEN HOME: WITH AOIBHEANN MCNAMARA

Folans Lane, Henry Street, Galway

“From dereliction to delight” is how Aoibheann McNamara has described her journey in converting a rundown derelict warehouse in the heart of Galway City. “An Open Home” on this exciting and challenging project, in the company of Aoibheann,(owner) Patrick McCabe, (Architect for the conversion), Aoife Considine,( Architect and chair for the afternoon), and Rosie Webb, (Galway City Architect) took place in October 2015. This inclusive forum  highlighted other opportunities for re working derelict sites in Galway City, as we, as a nation try to grapple with an impending housing crisis. Galway City has many derelict properties and derelict sites that would benefit from energy and vision to remodel the way we live and to enjoy the best of urban life. Galway’s relationship with the water has been, historically,  undervalued and under developed and now is the time to re imagine this wonderful asset. Aoibheann’s  conversion is only a micro starting point but should give courage to those who are considering a redevelopment challenge. Open House, Galway’s Architectural Festival has been paused for this year, but Patrick McCabe (chairman) gave an  architectural presentation which led to  lively and imaginative discussion in this converted warehouse. The re construction involved new walls, flooring , windows, strengthening of existing roof, damp barriers and considerable new insulation. The central living room has a lofty interior with feature timber trusses, made on site, and support the original undersized roof. This space is the hub of family and social activity and enhances the owners dynamic lifestyle.

Ian Morrissey Renovations was the Building contractor for the works, and John Britton acted as Structural Engineer.

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