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Scoil Mhuire Community School

Paul Keogh Architects’ first educational project was a major redevelopment of Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, Co. Kildare. As part of the overall development, PKA designed this new sports hall for school and community use.

Separate to the main school building, it accommodates a full size basketball court and associated facilities for changing, storage and administration.

PKA placed particular emphasis on natural daylighting and ventilation, and the development of an economically viable solution which would be aesthetically distinguished and durable in use throughout its lifespan.

The design of the structure is echoed in the elevational treatment: columns support lateral beams, carrying cantilevered trusses which support the roof.

Within the constraints of the standard government school budgets, the design utilised the materials and language of the existing building: external roughcast render, aluminium windows, metal roofing, internal fair-faced blockwork.

Materials consist of concrete blockwork, fairfaced internally and rendered externally. The roof and wall panels are self coated steel sheeting, with specially pressed metal fascia and column casings. The main entrance screen is finished with aluminium curtain glazing with hard- wood joiner.

The project was completed - on-time and within budget - in summer 2002. It has added a new dimension to the physical education and sports curriculum of Scoil Mhuire.

The hall has been widely acclaimed and selected for publication in the RIAI professional journal - Architecture Ireland.

Client: Dept. of Education / Board of Management, Scoil Mhuire.
Value: €2,285,530

Size: 775 Sq.m.

Reference: Helen O’Neill, Senior Architect, Dept. of Education
Design: 1997
Completion: 2000