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Conservation Work to Ballybunion Castle, County Kerry

Conservation Work to Ballybunion Castle, County Kerry

Contract:

Ballybunion Castle Conservation Works

Client:

Kerry County Council

Year:

2014

Contract Details

Cumnor Construction Ltd carried out the role of Works Contractor and PSCS for this project.

Ballybunion Castle dates back to around 1500AD. It has been a National Monument since 1923. The castle is in a ruinous state and all that remained was a 12 metre-high east wall. It was built with black coursed masonry and has cut quern stones.

The works comprised of vegetation clearance, grouting, flaunching and fencing work, masonry rebuilding and repointing using lime mortar. In order to complete the project the entire structure required scaffolding. Due to the nature of the structure this was carried out using tube and fitting with a full design submitted along with a Temporary Works Design Certificate.

Grouting works that were carried out were done so using heritage grout. Existing pointing works were removed and subsequently repointed using heritage lime grout. The top of the walls were flaunched and sloped to keep the water off the surface.

All  of the work were supervised by the clients consulting engineers. The project were carried out at a busy tourist location with a lot of pedestrian movement in the area. Cumnor Construction Ltd  were responsible for coordinating all the works with minimum disruption to the area.