The Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) are the original and premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland. The ICE Awards celebrates excellence in construction. Duggan Brothers were successful on the night, taking home the ‘Silver Award’ for the ‘Medieval Mile Museum’ in Kilkenny. We are delighted to have achieved this mark of excellence for the prestigious Medieval Mile Museum.

This project involved the conversion of St. Mary’s church into Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum. The project combined sensitive restoration and contemporary design to an exemplary standard. The medieval building required an extension for the display of artefacts in a controlled environment and the project became an experiment in the use of archaeology to help define an architectural solution. The project worked with the nature of the building, providing a new fully serviced stone floor, repairing existing historic materials and leaving exposed a large section of the original timber roof which acts as a focus in the plan.

The restoration, extension and conservation of St. Mary’s Hall forms part of the larger ‘St. Mary’s Precinct’ project and the completed building is now the centre-piece of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, a concentration of medieval sites and buildings in the core of Kilkenny City.

The building has been successful in attracting a large number of visitors to the city and has been the focus of a significant number of professional and academic studies and presentations.

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