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New Life for Old Buildings Site Visit: Cloughjordan


Are you bringing a vacant building back into use? Looking for tips or a peer network?

Join us in Cloughjordan on 1 April to view a retail-to-home conversion in progress, and meet other people who are also undertaking this labour of love.

This is the second of three site visits organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Reimagine programme, aimed at sharing knowledge among those who are bringing vacant properties back into use. Each site visit is hosted by a property owner who is undertaking their own project and is followed by a nearby cup of tea and chat. This will be a chance to swap tips, woes and joys, and learn from each other.

This site visit will be to Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, where architect Caelan Bristow has been renovating a stone house (c.1800) since 2018. The building is a 3-storey stone terrace house with two shops at ground floor. Previous unsympathetic renovations were removed, and modern features were introduced including a large open plan living/dining room. Building works included a full energy retrofit using healthy building principles, breathable materials and a renewable energy system including ASHP and MVHR.

Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Can’t make it? Stay tuned for details of the third site visit in this series.

In connection with this site-visit series, the IAF hosted a New Life for Old Buildings session on February 10th in the Science Gallery, Dublin, which explored the potential of our many vacant buildings. You can watch the recording of this event in the IAF’s Reimagine Video Archive.

New Life for Old Buildings is supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.


Photo courtesy of Caelan Bristow.