The National Gallery of Ireland Officially Reopens

The National Gallery of Ireland officially reopened its doors on Wednesday 14th June 2017 following a multi-million euro refurbishment.

PUNCH took the helm as the Civil and Structural Engineers for this prestigious project, which has been ongoing since 2005. The project comprises the complete refurbishment of the Dargan and Milltown Wings, including major substructure work and the introduction of new mechanical and electrical services. A large underground energy centre was built in front of the gallery entrance to house the plant and equipment needed to control the internal environment and bring it up to the standards required of a modern gallery. The internal courtyard between the Dargan and Milltown Wings has been developed as a light-filled usable space linking them together. Old windows which had been blocked up were reopened to introduce natural light to the building.

The final phase of the project will comprise an entirely new wing and will create a link between the Millennium Wing and the Dargan and Milltown Wings.

The opening ceremony was performed by outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in his last public duty as Taoiseach. Assisting the Taoiseach on the day were Minister Pascal Donoghue and Minister Heather Humphreys.

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