Extension & Renovation

Renovation and Extension Bray

Bray|County Wicklow|2013-2014

The clients brief was to refurbish and extend the old dilapidated sports pavilion to allow for football changing rooms and fitness room at first floor. Fifteen years ago the building was severely vandalised and set on fire by vandals, leaving it a roofless shell. Our clients’ arranged the long term leasing of the building from Lord Meath’s estate and requested us to restore the building into a modern soccer changing rooms for home and away teams. When we visited the site we noticed we could maintain the main external Roadstone Forticrete blockwork which would allow money to be spent elsewhere on the building.

This building was going to be the first thing you saw when you entered the grounds of Wolfe Tone Club and Community Centre and we felt it was vital to provide a beautiful, striking looking building. The clients loved our proposal and after few minor amendments to get within their tight budget we were ready to lodge for planning. We lodged planning permission and received a positive grant after 7 weeks but unfortunately a 3rd party objection brought it to Bord Pleanala but the board upheld the local authorities decision. We had meeting with the Bray Fire Department before we lodged our Fire and DAC applications to ensure that they were happy with our proposal.

As we already had the existing Forticrete external walls, we decided to clad them with an impressive self finished Tegral rain screen cladding system in two colour tones, in a random pattern effect. The new roof structure we decided to have a simple clean raised metal zinc roof with concealed rainwater system. The internal plan layout allowed for a functional layout of football changing rooms with shower facilities. In 2016 after the club rose funding we converted the first floor shell area into a fitness studio for gym training purposes for the football club members.

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