Tom O’Brien Construction were responsible for the conversion of a significant part of the historic Good Shepherd Convent, which had fallen into disrepair, into this modern WIT campus building housing kitchen and restaurant facilities blended together so successfully into the new music campus for WIT.
The utilisation of the old building fabric and its stone facing has been augmented by the intelligent use of lightweight structural steel beautifully offset with yellow Ibstock brick which in turn frames the large windows and opening sections leading into the refurbished boiler houses and tank rooms.
The Client should be applauded for taking this historic building and overseeing the transformation from an industrial past into a bright airy canteen facility making it one of the main focal points in this vibrant off campus facility for WIT.
The works highlight Tom O’Brien’s skill at combining the new and the old and working with the client and the design team to skilfully achieve the joint goal of creating a great building. It also highlights our ability to work with existing facilities and ensure they get a new lease of life.
In addition, Tom O’Brien’s were responsible for significant car parking facilities about the canteen along with both hard and soft landscaping which enhances the college atmosphere. It is also part of a significant relationship built up with the WIT and is one of the many significant projects that we have completed for the college over the years.
Location Good Shepherd Campus, WIT
Architect C.J. Falconer & Associates
Client Waterford Institute of Technology