Swords Castle, Conservation Works

Kelbuild Ltd. have been appointed as Main Contractor and Project Supervisor Construction Stage for Conservation Works to Swords Castle.

Description of Works

This Project included both Restoration and New Build work to a number of areas within the Castle Grounds.

The existing stonework to the top of the East Tower had become extremely unstable and a large bulge had developed on the East side of it. The entire East Tower was scaffolded and a large section of the East Tower original stone work was taken down and rebuilt. Each stone was surveyed, recorded and numbered to ensure exact location for rebuild. The stonework was then pointed with Lime Pointing and a Lime Shelter Coat was placed over the entire East Tower.

150 meters of the Internal Wall Walk had a dilapidated timber handrail which was removed and replaced with a Galvanised Steel Handrail with anodised Aluminium Handrail and Copper Mesh Balustrading and Integrated Lighting. 4 no. access stairs were also provided.

The existing chapel was completed repointed, the stone work at the top of the crenellations and embrasures were remove, lead trays were put in place and capped with Kilkenny limestone capping’s.

The entire internal parapet lead gutters were removed, limecrete bases were laid to falls and code 7 lead gutters formed and fitted and dressed into new stainless steel chutes at the outlets.

The castle was kept open to the public at all times. The areas of work were fenced off from the public and marshalled by site staff at all times.

Programme of Works: 12 months

Client: Fingal County Council

Architect: Architects Department, Fingal County Council

Quantity Surveyor: Walsh Associates

Civil & Structural Engineer: David Kelly Partnership

Building Services Engineer: IN2 Engineering Design Partnership