A Labour of Love: Restoring Adare Manor

Our current closure is not just to allow for refurbishment and development, it is also for conservation and renovation of the magnificent Manor House. Numerous skilled craftsmen are working with us to restore stone and woodwork such as floors, ceilings, panelling, chimneys, roof and windows.

One of these experts is Lambstongue, historic window specialists. They currently have twelve craftsmen working on site with a further five working on windows in their workshop in Chapelizod, Dublin. Their work with us will continue until the end of 2016 repairing and conserving 172 existing timber windows, 12 bronze windows and a number of decorative timber panels, along with the timber housings for the stunning stained glass panels in the Gallery. They are also engaged in crafting and fitting 242 new bronze casement windows and 5 new bronze french doors.

‘We are very pleased to be working on a contract as prestigious as Adare Manor for a number of reasons,’ said Ken Meehan of Lambstongue. ‘Firstly a great team has been assembled to carry out the specialist conservation work. We tend to enjoy working alongside other specialists and the opportunity to learn that a project such as this offers. Secondly, the building itself is a fascinating and complex one with many great materials and details and is an impressive example of the craftsmanship of its time. Finally, the project has allowed Lambstongue the opportunity to develop our bronze window making facility and thereby add to our skill set and expand the range of conservation services that we can offer.’

We asked Ken for his opinion of the original craftsmanship of the windows and glass at Adare Manor; ‘The joinery at Adare dates from different periods throughout the evolution of the building and as such is an important element in the story of Adare Manor. The improvements and reinstatements we are being asked to carry out are very satisfying as we play a part in bringing the joinery back closer to its intended condition. In many of the timber windows we are also upgrading the performance by introducing discrete slim profile double glazing units and draft proofing to assist with the maintenance and comfort of the building.’

With the help of Lambstongue and our other accomplished contractors we are proud to be preserving and maintaining this important piece of Irish history for future generations.

More about Lambstongue:
Lambstongue was started in 2011 by Ken Meehan and Alexander Downes. Ken is an architect and Alexander is a conservation building specialist. The company employs over 50 people and is based in Chapelizod, Dublin.
Lambstongue has evolved to become the only company in Ireland that can address timber, steel, cast iron and bronze windows, as well as addressing stained and leaded panels. They encourage and engage in craft innovation, intermingling timbers and metals in windows, doors, screens and furniture. Their ethos is the combination of craft with digital technology.
Their apprentice programme constantly energises their company with young men and women, where their skilled craftsmen and women can pass on their knowledge. They take great pleasure from and attach a great deal of importance to the act of hand making with beautiful materials.
Lambstongue have worked closely with conservation architects, local authority conservation officers and the Office of Public Works, to find sympathetic solutions to building adaptations that encompass best conservation practice both in terms of aesthetic and materiality.

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