PUNCH Presented The National Gallery of Ireland – Historic Wing Project at Engineers Ireland Seminar

National Gallery of Ireland
Sculpture Court Roof
Dargan Roof
Dargan Wing
Milltown Wing
Energy Centre Excavation

PUNCH are proud to have been recently asked to contribute at an Engineers Ireland Seminar event, showcasing projects of engineering significance and achievement.

Dave Clarke of PUNCH presented an informative talk on the Restoration and Refurbishment of the Historical Wings of the National Gallery of Ireland project.

The presentation described the project’s entire timeline; from concept designs to the grand opening in the summer of 2017, nearly 8 years after the doors closed to commence the project.

The talk included the invisible interventions and creative service routes throughout the historic wings, that resulted in the entire Historic Wing complex being underpinned to receive an underground basement for services distribution, with the new heart of the services of the Gallery being an Energy Centre constructed up to 8.5m deep in the front forecourt. The engineering solutions required extended from this sub-basement level up through the Gallery with historic wings being strengthened to cater for modern floor loadings, to roof level where existing roof lights were replaced by triple glazing with internal micro-louvres to refract the natural light sought in the individual rooms, to the new glazed beam and roof panels of the sculpture court.

The statue of the 19th century Irish Engineer, William Dargan, whose vision is responsible for the Gallery being in existence, now stands over this underground engineering heart of the Gallery complex; hopefully proud at the thought of the engineering solutions required and installed in his beloved Gallery, and in doing so, restoring one of the National treasures to a modern, state-of-the-art facility that will both house and inspire Irish and worldwide creatives for generations to come.

It was a privilege to share with our engineering peers what it took to complete this engineering project.


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