FMP Architects have won the RIAI Architecture Award in the Category of Adaptation and Re-use for their recently completed restoration work on the iconic Honan Chapel at University College Cork.
“Best practice in conservation and repair of buildings is achieved by consultants and skilled craftsmen engaging and problem solving as one unit. This work also involves informed discussions with clients who need to understand the unique nature of conservation work and how its implementation does not always align with day-to-day construction work. The Honan Chapel conservation and repair project met these criteria.” – Peter Murphy, Director FMP Architects.
Speaking about FMP’s submission the jury commented;
“A testament to the wealth of exception craftsmanship and conservation skills that can be found in Ireland today. The skills required to complete these works, which have been expertly co-ordinated by a conservation architect, included specialists in limestone, lead work, plastering, silver, stained glass, mosaic and joinery. In line with good conservation practice, extensive nondestructive testing was used to identify hidden details, to establish causes of decay and moisture deterioration and to evaluate the potential effectiveness of proposed interventions.”