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Bewley’s Grafton Street Reopens its Doors
– The Heart and Hearth of Dublin returns to Grafton Street

Bewley’s Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, reopened its doors yesterday. After a multi-million-euro refurbishment, the much-loved and much-missed café is ready to welcome back customers.

Regulars will find that the uniquely outstanding elements of the original café have been carefully restored – the Harry Clarke windows, the banquettes, the ten open fireplaces and the Egyptian-motifed façades on Grafton Street and Johnson’s Court. Customers will find that the building has been opened up and reimagined to allow more natural light, and stunning new design elements including both black Carlow oyster limestone and white Carrara marble. There’s an open-concept bakery so customers can see old favourites such as the Sticky Buns and new delights like Bewley’s Café Gourmand being crafted by some of Europe’s finest patissiers and bakers.

Seating throughout the café is table service and customers can also enjoy their coffee Italian-style while standing next to the new Bar Italiano in the front café.

Commenting on the reopening of Bewley’s Grafton Street, Paddy Campbell of Bewley’s said, “It’s a dream come true that Bewley’s Grafton Street is open again and that it’s finally achieved the beauty that we’ve always aspired to. And at a functional level, customers will experience a place that has been designed so that we can deliver great service and the best coffees and teas in town.”

“I grew up in inner-city Dublin and Bewley’s Grafton Street has always had a very special place in my heart. There are customers who’ve been coming here for seventy years, such is our legacy. And now there’s the opportunity to welcome younger generations to the wonders of the place. We hope that it will make people proud. Something unique in the character of Dublin has been missing and I’m thrilled it’s back.”

Bewley’s Grafton Street showcases the Bewley’s tradition of excellence and expertise in tea and coffee, with world-champion baristas turning out world-class beverages. All the coffee is Fairtrade certified and the ethical commitment continues with the building’s leading-edge sustainability practices.

Bewley’s award-winning teas and coffees are available in Bewley’s Grafton Street, as well as in supermarkets nationwide and online at Bewleys.com.


dRMM’s Hastings Pier Wins 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize

London-based architects dRMM have been announced as the winners of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for their renovation of Hastings Pier, beating out a shortlist including projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Baynes and Mitchell Architects; Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects; Groupwork + Amin Taha; and 6a architects.

“Hastings Pier is a masterpiece in regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people alike,” said RIBA President and Stirling Prize jury chair Ben Derbyshire.

Designed as “a strong, well-serviced platform that could support endless uses,” the new Hastings Pier has completely transformed the town’s waterfront from a neglected “shantytown” into a life-filled space for gathering and entertainment. The project was spurred into action after the pier was destroyed by fire in 2010.

“There was no sense in trying to reconstruct it as a 19th century pier – that typology had gone with the fire. There was an opportunity to reuse and reinvent the pier and give it a new future,” commented Alex de Rijke, dRMM Founding Director.

Inspired by the plug-and-play architecture of conceptualist Cedric Price, the architects paid special attention to keeping the pier as flexible as possible, allowing its users to fill it with whatever function they can imainge.

“For many, the fact the pier is still standing is special enough; but what makes this pier unique is the decision not to populate the space with permanent attractions,” said RIBA in a press release.



Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years.

The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction.

The Department anticipates that the projects will enable the Institutes of Technology to accommodate an additional 8,000 students.

Eleven Institutes of Technology from Letterkenny to Waterford and Cork will benefit from this Public Private Partnership initiative, getting a building each.

In a statement, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the ITs had been disproportionately affected by the fall-off in capital investment over the past decade.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the announcement marked a turning point for state investment in the sector. Most of the new buildings will be geared towards science and technology.

The 11 projects will be procured by the National Development Finance Agency but it will be some time before they get underway. Tenders are expected to issue towards the end of next year.

The Department hopes the first buildings will be ready for use in 2021.

The Department of Education said all proposals will be the subject of ongoing technical appraisal and economic analysis to ensure value for money. It said this process will inform the final scale and scope of each project.

Athlone, Tralee, and Galway Mayo Institutes of Technology will all get new STEM buildings under the plan.

IT Carlow will get a science building, while Waterford IT will get a new engineering, computing and general teaching building.

An applied science and information technology building will be built at Limerick IT.

A library, information technology, and teaching building will be constructed at Letterkenny IT.

IADT in Dublin will see a new Digital Media centre built.

A learning resource centre will be constucted at CIT in Cork, phase two of a teaching block at IT Blanchardstown, and a second phase of campus development will take place at IT Tallaght.

The Department of Education said the projects were selected following a detailed assessment, which took account of projected enrolments, the capacity to deliver on skills requirements, and the potential each project had to contribute to regional development.

RTE News


“Pioneer of quality public housing” Neave Brown named 2018 laureate of RIBA Royal Gold Medal

US-born architect Neave Brown is to be awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal for 2018 for his contribution to social housing.

Described by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as “a pioneer of quality public housing”, Neave Brown is best known for the post-war housing he designed during his time at Camden council in north London.

His most famous scheme, the 1970s Alexandra Road estate near Swiss Cottage, features a dramatic terraced formation.

“All my work! I got it just by flying blind, I seem to have been flying all my life,” said Brown following the news he will receive the Royal Gold Medal.

“The Royal Gold Medal is entirely unexpected and overwhelming. It’s recognition of the significance of my architecture, its quality and its current urgent social relevance. Marvellous!”

Brown, 88, is the only living architect to have all of his projects in the UK heritage listed.

“Neave’s contribution to the development of modern British housing is profound, inspiring to architects, local authorities and those who have benefitted from living in one of his outstanding projects,” said recently elected RIBA president Ben Derbyshire.

“His pioneering ideas firmly placed the community at the heart of each of his developments, giving residents shared gardens, their own front door, innovative flexible living spaces and private outside space for every home.”

Prior housing projects in north London including a terrace on Winscombe Street built between 1963 and 1966, and the Dunboyne Road Estate constructed between 1971 and 1977. Both have been given Grade II status by public body Historic England.

The Alexandra Road Estate, completed in 1978, is Grade II* listed as a building of particular importance.

Neave Brown’s best-known project, the Alexandra Road Estate, under construction in the 1970s. The project is now Grade II* listed

“At his Alexandra Road and Fleet Road’s estates, he showed how to achieve successful high-density housing without high rise,” said Derbyshire, who called on the UK’s politicians to be inspired by Neave’s approach to social housing.

“The UK must now look back at Neave Brown’s housing ideals and his innovative architecture as we strive to solve the great housing crisis,” he continued.

“The government must empower and then encourage every single council across the country to build a new generation of well-designed, affordable and sustainable homes that meet the needs of the millions of people currently failed by the housing market.”

“We need to build 300,000 new homes per year for the foreseeable future to tackle this crisis: a radical programme of mass council homes, inspired by Neave Brown’s work, must be part of the solution.”

The Royal Gold Medal is presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to the profession.

The 2017 medal was awarded to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and in 2016 the prize went to British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Awarded just before her unexpected death, she became the first woman to ever win the Royal Gold Medal in her own right.

Other past recipients include Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, British architect David Chipperfield, and Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

Neave Brown was born in 1929 in Utica, New York, and moved to the UK in as a teenager.

In addition to his work in England, he also designed projects in Italy and the Netherlands, including the Zwolestraat Development in The Hague with David Porter in 1994, and Smalle Haven residential scheme, Eindhoven, in 2002.

Due to ill health, Brown will be presented with the 2018 Royal Gold Medal at a private ceremony at the RIBA on 2 October 2017.



UCC’s €350m expansion plan will create 500 construction jobs

ONE of Ireland’s leading universities is to invest €350m in the biggest expansion plan in its history.

University College Cork (UCC) today confirmed the €350m expansion which will create 500 construction jobs and support an expansion of its student population from 21,000 to 23,000.

Central to the investment will be allowing for an expansion of foreign student numbers from 3,300 to 4,400.

The major infrastructural element of the plan will be a 20pc increase in campus space to cater for the expanded student numbers.

UCC confirmed last year it had clinched a €100m loan from the European Investment Bank to support the massive expansion.

The investment includes a €64m expansion of student accommodation projects, €37m on a new Cork dental school, €27m on the development of its Western Campus, €90m on a new student hub, a new creative hub and investment in the Cork University Business School as well as flood protection measures, €23m on a new clinical medical school and €10m on ancillary regional developments including hospitals in Waterford, Kerry and Tipperary.

More than 500 construction jobs will be created by the various development projects.

UCC President Professor Patrick O’Shea said it was a landmark project.

“We are committed to ensuring that UCC becomes the location of choice for Irish and international students. Like myself, many of us are first-generation university graduates, and we are passionate about ensuring access to higher education,” he said.

Former UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy, who developed the plan, said it was vital to the university’s future as a world-class institution.

“This is the largest investment in capital projects at UCC in our history,” he said.

“The scale and ambition of the infrastructural developments align directly to key focus areas for the future, namely enhancing student experience and building on our innovation and health agenda and facilities.”

“We are investing significantly in student accommodation, student ICT services and a new student hub as well as developing the medical, dental, paediatrics research, clinical health, innovation and research facilities to continue to fuel progress and success in these areas.”

“This investment by the EIB will have enormous impact not only for UCC but for education and research nationally and internationally.”

“The European Investment Bank funding is a real expression of confidence and support in UCC, its staff and students and will greatly assist the University in further improving its teaching and research facilities.”

Founded in 1845, UCC has rapidly expanded over the past 40 years and now caters for almost 21,000 students, an increasing number of whom attend from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and New Zealand/Australia.

Irish Independent


Jeanne Gang Selected as Winner of 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture

American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Marcus Prize.

Awarded every two years by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning in partnership with the Marcus Corporation Foundation, the $100,000 prize was established to recognize architects from around the globe currently “on a trajectory to greatness.” In addition to the cash prize, the award will support an upcoming design studio at the school led by Gang.

Previous winners of the award include Joshua Prince-Ramus (2015); Sou Fujimoto (2013), Diébédo Francis Kéré (2011); Alejandro Aravena (2009/2010); Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger (2007); and Winy Maas, MVRDV (2005).

Gang was selected from a pool of nominees from 16 countries across 4 continents, all of whom were required to demonstrate a minimum of ten years of “proven, exceptional practice.”

“[Gang] is adept at outstanding design for all scales–from the neighborhood and urban scale to the detail of buildings and interior elements,” commented jury member John Czarnecki, Editor-in-Chief of Contract Magazine. “Her practice combines design thinking about the impact of architecture and urban design on cities as well as the creation of beautiful buildings rooted in context that will stand the test of time”.

Recent and ongoing projects by Studio Gang include an exhibit for the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, the extension of New York’s Museum of Natural History, and “Hive,” the latest installation for the National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party program.



RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2017 shortlist announced

A weathered steel-clad studio by McGarry-Moon and a guesthouse with a nautical theme by Mole Architects are among the six projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, the AJ can reveal.

Other schemes in the running for the £5,000 prize include Hyde + Hyde Architects’ Silver House in Swansea and the Wolfson Tree Management Centre in Tetbury by Invisible Studio, which was built from timber grown on site.

Completing the shortlist are BPN Architects’ refurbishment of a former textile factory in Birmingham and Peacock House in Suffolk, by BHSF Architekten with Studio-P.

Founded in 1998, the annual prize recognises the best projects built in the UK for less than £1 million. The award was set up in memory of Stephen Lawrence, who had intended to become an architect before he was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993. Funded again by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, the prize was open to buildings completed between November 2014 and February 2017.

Last year’s winner was House of Trace, by Tsuruta Architects, an extension to an end-of-terrace home in south London.

Silver House, Hyde + Hyde Architects


The Compound, BPN Architects


The Houseboat, Mole Architects


Fallahogey Studio, McGarry Moon Architects


Peacock House, BHSF Architeckten with Studio-P


Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Invisible Studio

Previous winning practices include Duggan Morris (2012), Alison Brooks Architects (2006) and Cottrell & Vermeulen (2002).

The winner of the 2017 Stephen Lawrence Prize will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize party on 31 October at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, north London.



First floating boardwalk in Ireland opens in Co Leitrim

Ireland’s first floating boardwalk has opened at Acres Lake in Co Leitrim.

The 600m boardwalk – between Drumshanbo and Carrick-on-Shannon – will serve as the final leg of the Shannon Blueway, part of an expanding network of recreational trails that offer walking, kayaking, and cycling routes in lesser-known parts of the State.

The boardwalk will provide access to Acres Lake and via the Lough Allen Canal northwards to Lough Allen and southwards to Battlebridge, Leitrim village and Carrick-on-Shannon, and farther south from there.

In all, the Shannon Blueway encompasses more than 200km of waterborne or waterside trails. It links to the river Boyle near Carrick-on-Shannon, allowing access to Lough Key and its adventure playground, as well as the town of Boyle in Co Roscommon via Boyle Harbour.

A turn at Leitrim village gives access to the Shannon-Erne Waterway, which in turn leads to Lough Erne, the Fermanagh lakelands and Enniskillen.

Going south from Carrick-on-Shannon, the Blueway winds its way through lakes and rivers to the river Camlin and Richmond Harbour in Cloondara, Co Longford, where the Royal Canal offers access all the way to Dublin.
Excellent investment

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring, opening the boardwalk on Tuesday, said the €500,000 cost was “an excellent investment”.

A further allocation of €1.1 million had been made to Leitrim County Council for a walkway and cycleway from Carrick-on-Shannon to Leitrim village, and from Acres Lake to the Lough Allen Hotel.

Drumshanbo was once a well-known location for transporting coal from the Arigna mines, first via the Lough Allen Canal and later, from 1888, via the Cavan and Leitrim narrow-gauge rail line.

The line, which closed in 1959, was largely a roadside tram and was particularly useful during the war, when imported coal was hard to get. Today, the Arigna mines function as a museum and are open to visitors.

Greenways based along former railway tracks include the Great Western Greenway between Westport and Achill Island in Mayo; the Déise Greenway in Waterford and the Mullingar to Athlone Greenway in Co Westmeath.

Greenways have also been proposed for the former western railway from Galway to Sligo and along the cross-Border route of the former Ulster Canal.

Irish Times


Big Ben to be silenced for four years for maintenance

People are being asked to gather to mark the moment, at noon on 21 August, when restoration work halts the hourly chimes.

The bongs of Big Ben, the bell inside the clock tower above the Houses of Parliament, are to be silenced for four years for conservation works.

The Elizabeth Tower, home to the bells that make up the Great Clock and the most photographed building in Britain, is undergoing a programme of restoration work.

As this work takes place, from noon on Monday 21 August the bell’s hourly chimes will be paused until 2021.

Steve Jaggs, keeper of the clock, said: “I have the great honour of ensuring this beautiful piece of Victorian engineering is in top condition on a daily basis. This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long-term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home – the Elizabeth Tower.”

Members of the public are being called on to to mark the moment by gathering in Parliament Square to hear Big Ben’s final bongs until they return in 2021.

The Great Bell, popularly called Big Ben, weighs 13.7 tonnes and strikes every hour, to the note of E natural. It is accompanied by four quarter bells, which weigh between one and four tonnes each and chime every 15 minutes.
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Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service for 157 years, with the chimes last falling silent for maintenance in 2007. They also stopped between 1983 and 1985 as part of a refurbishment programme.

The Great Clock, comprising the Great Bell and quarter bells, is operated by a Victorian mechanism, which relies on gravity to trigger the hourly chimes. To stop the bells striking, hammers will be locked and the bell disconnected from the clock mechanism, allowing the clock to continue telling the time silently.

However, parliament’s clock makers will ensure Big Ben can still chime for events such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.

At 96 metres tall, the Elizabeth Tower is a focal point of the Grade I-listed Palace of Westminster, which forms a part of a Unesco World Heritage site.




The Simon Communities and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have said that the thirteenth annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign has raised over €124,000.

191 RIAI Registered Architects across the country completed 1,366 one hour consultations with the public for a donation of €90, every cent of which went directly to the Simon Communities in Ireland. Since the campaign began in 2004 over €720,000 has been raised by the Irish public and registered architects with architects giving their time and expertise for free.

Speaking at the conclusion of the 2017 programme, Carole Pollard, President of the RIAI said: “The RIAI is delighted that the 2017 RIAI Simon Open Door campaign has raised €124,000 – the largest amount in the history of the campaign and the first time the initiative surpassed €100,000 raised in one week-long campaign. The campaign provides the public with the wonderful opportunity of sitting down with a registered architect and getting the best advice on building or renovating a home while helping a worthy cause. We are delighted to see the commitment from the RIAI registered architects in assisting the Simon Communities with their fight against homelessness.

Speaking about the evolution of the Simon Open Door initiative and the role communications has played in its year-on-year growth, Ms. Pollard added: “Since the inaugural initiative, the campaign has grown each year from a starting point of raising €18,000 in 2005 to the €124,000 milestone reached in 2017. The success of this campaign is dependent on architects who give so generously of their time so I, on behalf of the Institute, would like to express my gratitude to them for their ongoing support. As an annual event, it has captured the imagination of the general public who subscribe in such large numbers. The RIAI would like to thank its Members, Dermot Bannon, RIAI staff and the Reputations Agency for the fantastic work on this year’s campaign.

Kathryn Meghen, CEO, RIAI, said, “The campaign makes a real difference – the €124,000 raised in 2017 will provide over 13,500 nights’ accommodation; 1,350 home starter packs or over 4,000 emergency packs for this on the streets. We are grateful to our PR partners The Reputations Agency who have worked on the campaign for 12 years and have delivered fantastic coverage each year, surpassing expectations and in 2017 helping us achieve these record results for such an important cause.”

Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland said, “RIAI Simon Open Door is a wonderful initiative which raises much needed funds for the Simon Communities and supports our work addressing the housing and homelessness crisis all around Ireland.”

“Unfortunately, homelessness and housing insecurity continues to rise. There are currently 7,699 men, women and children in emergency accommodation across the country. A staggering 28% increase from last year’s figures. Since 2012, rental prices have increased by 50% and the number of properties available to rent has reduced by approximately 78%. As a result, rental properties are beyond the reach of many of those in receipt of state housing support – pushing people into homelessness and preventing people leaving homelessness. 91,000 households are on the social housing waiting list and social housing output is too slow to deal with the crisis. Partnering with such wonderful initiatives like the RIAI Simon Open Door can and does make a real difference. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported us in the past and we hope that the campaign continues to grow and grow supporting us in our vital work across the country.



Ever dreamed of living it up in a five-star hotel… forever?

Well, if you have €3m to spare that dream could become a reality.

A luxury penthouse within one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels, the Merrion, is seeking a buyer who is looking to fulfil their inner Kevin McAllister on a permanent basis.

The lush duplex apartment, which measures 220sqm, is accessed through a lift within the famous hotel, which has played host to some of the world’s biggest stars down through the years, including Bruce Springsteen and Tom Cruise.

The apartment has two bedrooms, a spacious master bedroom with an adjoining en-suite, and a second bedroom currently decorated with children in mind.

The airy and bright property is decorated in tune with that of the hotel – contemporary, but also highlighting some of the Georgian building’s original features.

The duplex has two marble fire places fitted both fuelled by natural gas, in both the master bedroom and the living room.

Much of the property is fitting with timber flooring, while the kitchen is finished with fine limestone tiles. The kitchen is modern, with its stainless steel features, including the skin and the integrated Belling oven and five-ring gas stove.

Owners of the pricey property can also take full advantage of the Merrion’s facilities, including its world-class Tethra Spa, with a gym and infinity swimming pool. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two-star Michelin offering is also just downstairs. A fee of €8000 is the hotel’s service charge each year.

Irish Independent


Join Murphy Surveys in conjunction with Kilcullen Cycling Club to support Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin 

Murphy Surveys would like to extend our thanks to everyone who took part and supported our Cycle for Crumlin in 2013, 2015 & 2016. Because of your support we have so far raised over €30,000!

This year’s cycle includes a 50km and a 100 km route and will take place on Saturday, July 22nd. Cyclists from Murphy Surveys will be joined by friends from Kilcullen Cycling Club for this Kildare-Laois route.

We want cyclists of all levels to join us on the day.









Every day your donations and support make a difference to lives of patients, parents and hospital staff at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. From big renovation projects or builds to a small gift to a child on their birthday or even a visit from Santa at Christmas you help to make a difference to everyone in Crumlin hospital. You can read more on the projects they are currently funding by visiting the hospital charity The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) website at www.cmrf.org











Register online at  www.murphysurveyscrumlincharitycycle.eventbrite.ie

Registration on the day:

100 KM 9:30am (Departs at 10am sharp)

50 KM 10.00am (Departs at 10.30am sharp)

Join us at our Head Office in Kilcullen for food and refreshments after the event.

Registration fee of €25 will be donated to the Charity.

Contact Caitriona on chanly@murphysurveys.ie for sponsorship cards.

Photos from 2016 Event