Mercy Convent Social Housing Development

May 15, 2024 charlene.knox

We are delighted to announce the successful completion and official opening of the Mercy Convent social housing development on the 9th of May, 2024. A project marked by a harmonious blend of heritage and modernity, providing 18 new homes and welcoming 21 residents into their new community.

|| Key aspects of OCSC’s involvement include ||

– Delivering comprehensive civil and structural design services, ensuring safety and integrity while honouring architectural history.
– Facilitating the creation of 8 new units and seamlessly incorporating an additional 10 into the existing structure.
– The meticulous construction of new ground and first-floor structures to adapt the historic convent for its new purpose.
– Executing intricate remedial works to the king and queen post roof trusses – a critical preservation effort to restore truss ends and isolate the roof structure for the future safeguarding of historic timber members.
– Skilfully altering load-bearing walls to support a modern residential layout without compromising the structure’s integrity.
– Constructing new stairs and a lift shaft, enhancing accessibility and fostering an inclusive environment.

O’Connor Sutton Cronin has also prided itself in restoring the single-storey school building adjacent to the convent, which now features:

– A robust new roof structure.
– Preservation and underpinning of the protected porch, securing its iconic facade.
– Stabilisation of the existing chimney structure, ensuring structural soundness.

This project epitomises our dedication to community-enhancing developments and our passion for integrating new life into historic edifices. The Mercy Convent social housing development serves as a model for how functional design and structural engineering can coexist with conservation and care.

We extend our congratulations to all involved and look forward to the lasting impact these new homes will have on the residents and the wider Bantry community. Join us in celebrating this major milestone by connecting with us for more inspiring stories of structural innovation and heritage conservation.

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