Roe & Co. Distillery

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Completion Date:

November 2019

Construction Cost:


No. of Units:

30,000 sq ft




RKD Architects



Service provided:

Civil / Structural / Mechanical / Electrical


Martin McGrath / Paul Cassidy

This project comprised the extensive refurbishment of the existing Guinness Powerhouse building to create a new functioning distillery and visitor experience in the heart of Dublin’s St James’s Gate Brewery.  

  • The Powerhouse is an art deco building constructed in the 1940s. 
  • The refurbishment included the demolition of existing ground floor RC slab steelwork frame built off the basement slab, to support the pot stills and allow access via a steel grating floor.
  • A bespoke curved steel bridge complete with structural glass floor at first floor is provided for a bird’s eye view of the Still House production room.
  • To preserve the historic building fabric of the turbine hall, minimal interventions were of paramount importance, thus a lightweight single storey steel and timber structure is provided to form the new cocktail bar within the turbine hall. 
  • Challenges throughout included the marriage of new forms of construction within an existing structure and providing a visitor experience within a live production facility.

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