Additional Accommodation and Building Upgrades at Coláiste Muire Máthair, Galway City

D. Fallon Consulting Group (DFCG) have been engaged by CEIST to provide civil, structural & employer’s representative services for an additional accommodation and building upgrade project at Coláiste Muire Máthair, Galway City (formerly St. Mary’s College).

The additional accommodation includes renovation of existing rooms into:

  • New Technology Room & Technology Preparation Area
  • New Music Room
  • New Home Economics Room
  • New Arts & Crafts Room
  • New Staff Room
  • New Sanitary WC Facilities (Upgrades for new TGD Part M and Female only Toilets)

The building upgrade works largely involve fire safety and universal access upgrades across what is a large campus containing protected structures. These works include:

  • A revised fire safety strategy and associated works defined by the requirements of that strategy including:
    • Upgrades to fire doors and screens
    • Revised compartmentalisation and escape routes
    • A new Fire Alarm and Emergency lighting installation.
  • A revised universal access strategy and associated works defined by the requirements of that strategy including:
    • New set-down and parking areas.
    • New ramps and level-entry accesses.
    • New internal ramps and platform lifts to aid horizontal circulation through the building.
    • Passenger lifts to aid vertical circulation through the building.

Client: Ceist (on behalf of the Board of Management of Coláiste Muire Máthair)


  • Conservation Architecture Services (delivered by Silke Architects through DFCG)
  • Civil Engineering Consultancy
  • Structural Engineering Consultancy
  • Assigned Certifier
  • PSDP
  • Employer’s Representative

Our delivery on this project includes the management of full design team services. Separate appointments were made by CEIST for Fire Safety & Universal Access consultants (Ryan & Associates), Quantity Surveying (TC Estimating Ltd) and Mechanical & Electrical (Heavey Kenny). Silke Architects delivered the Conservation Architecture brief through DFCG. DFCG provided the balance of services. Project constraints included:

  • Works within an existing busy school and campus, whilst minimising disruption to the operations of the facility.
  • Works within an existing listed building, thus ensuring adherence to the principles of conservation.
  • Significant structural modifications within the existing building, whilst ensuring the structural integrity of the existing building.
  • Extensive liaison with the Design Team and Coláiste MuireMáthair to accommodate seamless delivery of a complex and constrained project on time and within budget.