In 2005, Monaghan County Council commissioned PKA for the conservation - and adaptation to cultural and community use - of the nineteenth century landmark courthouse on McCurtain Street, Clones. This fine historically important building is typical of market town courthouses found throughout the country. It has been described as being of the 'Georgian House' style.
After many years of decline and neglect - while the district court sat in Monaghan Town - the building was in need of considerable repair, and creative adaptation to secure its future going forward. PKA's conversion enables the building to function primarily as a multi-purpose community resource, as a venue for cultural and social events, and its monthly court sittings are accommodated by means of a demountable Judge's bench and retractable furniture.
Using accepted conservation principles of reversibility, the original fixtures and fittings were carefully surveyed before being removed to facilitate the building's adaptation to its economically and socially sustainable new use.
Additionally, PKA's renovation includes many measures to improve the environmental performance of the building, including insulation under-floor heating, window upgrading and re-roofing.Client: Monaghan County Council/Clones Town Council
Size: 400 Sq. m
Reference: Paul Clifford, Monaghan County Council