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  5. Kriterion Conservation Architects (Hamilton Architects)
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  7. Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects

Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects

  • 15:00 - 23 November, 2016
Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects
Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects, © Vizz Creative
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  • Client 

    Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
  • Project Manager

    Edmond Shipway
  • Structural Engineer

    RPS Group
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Gillespie and Cummings
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Edmond Shipway
  • Main Contractor

    QMAC Construction 
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Text description provided by the architects. Enniskillen Castle, which dates from the 16th century, sits on the banks of the River Erne in the centre of the Co Fermanagh town in Northern Ireland.  This scenic backdrop is the setting for a landmark redevelopment by Hamilton Architects which has transformed a myriad of historic buildings into a cohesive heritage Gateway to the County.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The site holds historical significance due to its location on the river bank and its role in guarding one of the main passes into Ulster. Over the centuries, its strategic importance has remained a pivotal factor, with the addition of various buildings as the site evolved from a garrison fort into a military barracks and, more recently, into a Heritage Centre. 

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Several significant components define the historical assemblage, including The Keep, Watergate, Curved Range, Magazine, Shift House, Northern Barrack Block, Barrack Coach House. The Health Centre and Heritage Centre were much more recent additions. The site is encompassed by a perimeter wall enclosing the Castle Yard and a Rifle Range. The Keep and Watergate are monuments in State Care, while the Curved Range and the Northern Barrack Block are Listed buildings.

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The redevelopment has revealed the significance of the site from a historical, operation and audience perspective, enabling Fermanagh County Museum to increase access to collections of local, national and international importance and to become the first port of call for learning about the county’s heritage from the Drumclay Crannog to the G8 Summit.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Four buildings within the complex – Magazine, Shift House, Barrack Coach House and Heritage Centre - were restored and refurbished to pool museum, tourism and genealogy resources and create new visitor spaces. 

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The Health Centre was demolished to create space for a new Visitors Centre with History Hub, Genealogy Centre, Castle Viewing area, Café and Shop. The refurbishment of the Barrack Coach House accommodates four new galleries, while a link building between the Visitors Centre and Barrack Coach House allows visitors glimpses of the original castle wall. A walkway on the roof of the link building offers views of the castle site and of Enniskillen town. 

Elevation
Elevation

The design was challenging in that guidelines for the historic footprint had to be met while providing facilities appropriate to the needs of a modern museum and visitor facility. The external envelope was clad with Irish blue (flamed finish) limestone to complement the original fabric of the adjacent historic buildings.  An exterior courtyard populated with giant umbrellas provides an attractive and flexible all-weather event space.

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Product Description.The principal material used for the external façade of the new visitor centre and armoury building was Irish Blue Limestone (flamed finish and blue/grey in colour). This limestone walling gives a light, textured finish and is built in random coursed and sized ashlar which follows the precedent of the other historic buildings within the complex.

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Cite: "Enniskillen Castle Museum / Kriterion Conservation Architects" 23 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/799899/enniskillen-castle-museum-kriterion-conservation-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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