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Towering performance at Swords Castle is recognised

Sunday, 10th November, 2019 2:00pm
Towering performance at Swords Castle is recognised

Repair work is part of a wider project.

Towering performance at Swords Castle is recognised

Repair work is part of a wider project.

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THE Swords Castle East Tower Consolidation project has been nominated in this year’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.

Fingal County Council’s Architects department worked alongside David Kelly Partnership and CORA Consulting Engineers in this phase of the redevelopment of the castle which is part of the flagship Swords Cultural Quarter project.

County Architect Fionnuala May said it is great news that the project has been nominated for this award.  

“It is recognition of the careful work that is being done in the conservation and repair of Swords Castle as part of the wider Swords Cultural Quarter project,” said Ms May. 

“I would like to give a special thanks to all those involved in this project, in particular the Architects Department team in Fingal County Council and our Consultant Engineering partners in David Kelly Partnership and CORA Consulting Engineers.”

The remains of Swords Castle today consist of a large, four-sided partly battlemented curtain wall, approximately four metres high, containing several mural buildings and structures, including the entrance gatehouse, the restored chapel and constables tower and the semi-ruined east tower.

The east tower consolidation works combined modern methods alongside traditional to conserve as much of the medieval fabric as possible.

One of the significant conservation challenges was the consolidation of the east tower. The overall stability of the ruins was a matter of concern considering the pronounced lean on the tower, extensive cracking and surface erosion of the Dublin calp limestone.

An honestly-expressed, functional concrete plate ties the three remaining walls together and a traditional lime-based shelter coat protects the vulnerable masonry.

The visual impact is striking, clearly differentiating the new insertion from the original, as well as being respectful of the historical setting.

The project has been nominated for an award.

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