Jesuit House of Studies

Contract Duration

24 Months (Phased)

Contract Value






Scott Tallon Walker

Civil / Structural Engineer

McKenna Pearce Practice

Services Engineer

Homan O’Brien Associates

Quantity Surveyor

Bruce Shaw Partnership


This project consisted of two separate and distinct buildings to service the specific requirements of the Jesuit order. The 1st phase involved the construction of a modern nursing home facility with 20 individual en-suite rooms over 2 floors with communal dining/social, recreational and treatment rooms with double height chapel. Once this phase was completed the residents were transferred from the existing nursing home, which was then demolished to accommodate the construction of a new 4 storey residential block with modern apartment type en-suite living accommodation for 29 persons.

The building also had extensive common meeting rooms, treatment rooms, office, library, chapel and infinity pool in the private courtyard.

Both buildings were curved and has in-situ concrete frames with pre-cast stairs and structural steel elements. The visible roof areas were enhanced by using a sedum green roofing system. The external walls were stone cladding, sto-render sys­tem and had floor to ceiling glazing with extensive fixed and sliding cedar brise soleil panels. The internal finishes were to a high specification, all bathrooms were wet room construction with fully tiled surfaces, the bedrooms and common areas were finished with carpets and bespoke fitted furniture. As both building had their own commercial type kitchen facilities there were two large kitchen fit-outs.

Extensive mechanical & electrical services involved geothermal water and heating systems, fire detection and alarm sys­tems, CCTV, I.T wiring infrastructure, automatic smoke venting and a Building Management System (B.M.S).

The contract had extensive ground-works elements including a large basalt paved courtyard, mediation walk and private gardens.