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Dundalk Institute of Technology - Carroll's Facility Building


Location Client Completion Awards
Dundalk, Ireland Dundalk Institute Of Technology 2012 3

Project details

This project involved the conversion of the 1967 PJ Carroll’s cigarette factory, one of the best examples of Miesian architecture in Europe, into a high quality third level education facility with exemplary sustainability features.

The conversion, for Dundalk Institute of Technology, was successfully carried out under significant constraints to retain the building’s image and its core philosophies of post modernist industrial design. Innovative sustainable design solutions include the use of the on-site wind turbine to generate ice at night-time, which is then used for daytime cooling.

This project is important because it demonstrates that even the most challenging building can significantly reduce its carbon impact when refurbished.  The building demonstrates that air leakage should not be considered too complex an issue to be applied to a refurbishment.

Arguably Ireland's most elegant exemplar of Modernism, this beautiful building, its art and considered setting has been not just restored but renewed.

RIAI Awards Judges


  • convert cigarette factory to high quality educational accommodation with constraints of a listed building


  • an ingenious approach to integrated heating, ventilation and cooling
  • European Union RIBA Award
  • RIAI Irish Architecture Awards (Best Conservation/Restoration)

Integrated services

environmental engineering, sustainability