Tudenham Park, Co Westmeath

  • Client: Mr Fergus Hoban
  • Architect: Healy & Partners Conservation
  • Completion date: 2005-ongoing (2010)
  • PUNCH services: Structural Study

Unoccupied since the 1950s, Tudenham Park had gradually fallen into the most romantic of ruins. The initial stage of PUNCH’s brief was to develop a cost analysis of a full-scale rescue of the building.  PUNCH Conservation’s role was to appraise the existing structural strength of the ruins, including their likely behaviour with the re-construction of formerly present building elements such as chimneys, roof structure, floors and partition walls. PUNCH Conservation worked closely with the conservation architects and quantity surveyors to produce a proposal in which the design solution, structural analysis and cost parameters were all closely integrated.

This detached seven-bay, three-storey, over basement country house was built circa 1743, was built for George Rochfort, a brother of Robert Rochfort of Belvedere House, and was designed by the same architect as Belvedere, namely Richard Castle.

The structural design devised by PUNCH Conservation was initially to provide protection from the elements and subsequently to be integrated seamlessly into the final architectural design for this elegant country house.

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