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Robertstown National School

Robertstown National School is a fine example of the rural national schools built throughout Ireland between the 1930s and the 1960s.

PKA’s major redevelopment of Scoil Robaird comprises two elements: renovation of the existing school building, plus a new addition housing classrooms, resource and library facilities, and a general purpose room.

Our principal design objective was to maintain the character of the existing building, particularly respecting its attractive front facade and water tower, and keeping the new additions in harmony, and in scale, with the original.

The extension forms a courtyard behind the original building, and gives the school a new focus; and a secure external teaching and play area. All classes have access to this outdoor space, whether directly from the existing block, or from the corridor which runs the length of the new wing.

The plan allows the school’s facilities to be used by the local community for evening classes and social events. The general purpose hall is placed in a pivotal position, and marks the new entrance to the school. Its hipped roof can be seen from a distance and its lantern rooflight forms an illuminated beacon at night.

The first phase of the project achieved final completion - on budget - in January 2007. It was commended in the 2007 RIAI annual awards. PKA were subsequently engaged to design a further extension which was completed in January 2010.

Client: Board of Management, Scoil Robaird, Robertstown
Value: Total €2,098,615

Size: 1,300 Sq.m.

Reference: Ms. Mary Dillon, School Principal
Design: 1999
Completion: Phase 1-2007; Phase 2-2010