Swords Castle East Tower nominated for Engineers Excellence Award

by Gary Ibbotson

The recently completed renovation project at Swords Castle East Tower has been nominated in this year’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.

County Architect, Fionnuala May, said: “It is great news that the Swords Castle East Tower Consolidation project has been nominated for this award.

It is recognition of the careful work that is being done in the conservation and repair of Swords Castle as part of the wider Swords Cultural Quarter project.

“I would like to give a special thanks to all those involved in this project, in particular the Architects Department team here in Fingal County Council and our Consultant Engineering partners in David Kelly Partnership and CORA Consulting Engineers.”

The local authority’s architectural department worked alongside engineering firms, David Kelly Partnership and CORA Consulting Engineers to redevelop Swords Castle.

The works were the flagship development of the Swords Cultural Quarter project.

The remains of Swords Castle today consist of a large, four-sided partly battlemented curtain wall, approximately four metres high, containing several mural buildings and structures, including the entrance gatehouse, the restored chapel and constables tower and the semi-ruined east tower.

The conservation of the east tower proved to the most challenging of the Swords Castle consolidation projects with the stability of the ruins a concern for the engineers.

A functional concrete plate ties the three remaining walls together, and a traditional lime-based shelter coat protects the vulnerable masonry.

Fingal County Council says that “the visual impact is striking, clearly differentiating the new insertion from the original, as well as being respectful of the historical setting.”

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