St. Mel's Cathedral

Longford

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Project Details

Client: St. Mel’s Cathedral Project Committee

Architect: Reardon Smith Architects

Value: €25M

Services Provided: Civil, Structural & Conservation Engineering Services

Category: Conservation

Project Duration: 2010 – 2014

Project Description

The foundation stone for St. Mel’s Cathedral was laid in 1840, completed in c.1890 and was consecrated in 1893. In the early hours of
Christmas Day, 2009 fire broke out in the Sacristy of the Cathedral, destroying the interior and roof of the Cathedral, with some damage to the external facing stone.

PUNCH were appointed as civil and structural conservation engineers to help to bring this much loved building back to its former glory. Our focus has always been to first stabilise the existing, and when safe to do so, restore the structure.
On Saturday 20 December 2014 Bishop Francis Dufy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, reopened the now restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after a devastating fire destroyed the buildingon Christmas morning 2009.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers are very proud to have been the structural engineers for this major conservation, a project which has been described as the largest of its kind in Europe.

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