A wonderful and original project designed by David Stronge of Richard Murphy Architects, although one that we thought hard about undertaking.
The original details of the job are a bit clouded now and probably best left that way but in summary the project had been taken on site by another company (not even from our city) it had moved along too slowly for clients and architects alike and any real understanding of the vision for the project was missing.
We were asked if we would pick up the pieces and take it to completion. Its nice to be cast in the roll of International Rescue but often easier, much easier, said than done. This job was a perfect example of why.
It was clear from when we first walked around with David and client Phoebe Grigor that apart from being unfinished there was plenty wrong with the work. Building work is like an iceberg; most of it is hidden so if what you are looking at looks bad then you can only imagine what lies beneath the surface. And that was our concern
With a fair degree of thought, much charming from Phoebe and the final decision left to our foreman Mike Davies we agreed to take on the project and although there were a few moments along the way when Mike claimed he'd said 'not with a barge pole', the job was eventually completed to everyones delight and Mr Murphy himself even graced the opening and later brought the rest of his office to see.
Greetings from Dromoland Castle - West Ireland. Lovely job Top of the morning.