Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair & Conservation (TCD)
BA (Hons) History of Art & Architecture
HND Landscape Architecture
Dip. Design (DIT)
Cora is senior conservation consultant with Carrig and has been with the company since 2007. She is a qualified art historian and designer who is conversant with the language and development of architecture and landscape design.
She applies all aspects of her knowledge to her work from surveying structures, writing conservation and specification reports, conservation plans and has successfully produced planning applications to support a variety of commercial, residential and recreational developments. In particular, she enjoys working in the area of landscape design and development in heritage areas, advising clients on materials and solutions for landscape development within the curtilage of protected structures. Her measured drawings and 3-D visuals provide answers and a means to resolving challenges as they arise through projects.
In her time with Carrig she has worked on a wide variety of projects such as the repair and conservation of St Mel’s Cathedral, Dublin City Walls, Cashel City Walls, Carrick-on-Suir Town Walls, Bishop’s Palace Waterford, Abbey Presbyterian Church, Limerick IT, James Hardiman Building [NUIG], St Mary’s Church [Kilkenny] and Warrenmount House [Dublin]. She manages the drawing requirements for the office and has the technical knowledge and experience to work with photogrammetry.
Cora is an active member of ICOMOS Ireland and sits on the National Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes.
Cora's Projects include:
Trim Cultural Centre 2018 – ongoing
Client: Meath County Council
Description - Conservation consultant on DTA design team for the development of a new Cultural Centre in Trim incorporating the adjacent former Methodist chapel and site, a protected structure, within the Trim Historical Core Architectural Conservation Area and central to RMP ME036-048 Trim Historic Town. The work involved the carrying out of historical research, input to the Design Team in relation to the siting, impacts and connections of the proposed new structure with the historic structure and it setting as well as the specification for the conservation of the structure and associated boundary walls.
Block 17, NFMHS St Ita’s Hospital Portrane, 2018 – ongoing
Description – The three-storey red brick structure was built c. 1910 as a ward block. The building is a protected structure and within an area of architectural conservation. Since 2016 Carrig have been working with the client, the architects, and Fingal County Council on the phased adaptation of this block to office accommodation. In this final phase the ground floor will be refurbished and adapted for use as offices in the west wing and a new kitchen to the east wing to provide the catering to the entire hospital complex. The provision of a new state of the art kitchen with the associated health and safety regulations is challenging to the philosophy of conservation. However, for the building to survive, health and safety and fire regulations must be accommodated in the design process while at the same time protecting as much original fabric and maintaining reversibility in as far as possible.
St Luke’s (now called Burgh House), Newmarket, Dublin, 2016-2017.
Client: St Luke’s Partnership
Description - Conservation Consultant on project to develop office accommodation within the ruin of an 18th cent church. The works involved the suspension of a glazed steel structure and new zinc roof from the parapet, new hemp-lime mortar to the walls, conservation of the surviving historic flat plaster and stencilled plaster, restoration of stained glass windows, repair of the exterior walls and limestone and granite detailing, Working closely with the architects, engineers and craft workers to achieve a respectful and sympathetic adaptive reuse of the building.
Project - Butler Gallery 2011-2020
Client: Kilkenny County Council
Description – The former Evan’s Home was selected by Kilkenny County Council as the new permanent home for the Butler Gallery Collection. Beginning in 2009, a condition survey, conservation report and specification were prepared to establish a factual volume for the Council and Design Team in their preparation of plans. Between 2010 and 2012, we specified, tendered and oversaw some urgent works to secure the building envelope. These works included chimney repairs, roof works, rainwater goods refurbishment and repairs and refurbishment of the stone door surrounds. In 2017, a resurvey and was carried out with new items added to specification document in response to the agreed new interventions designed McCullough Mulvin with included widened openings and new openings to allow the building to function as a universally accessible gallery, to modern standards of comfort incorporating the new contemporary block.