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National Gallery of Ireland


Location Client Awards
Dublin, Ireland Office for Public Works 5

Project details

Refurbishment and upgrade of historic galleries.

BDP’s building services engineers designed the new air conditioning and environmental control systems that were retrofitted into the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Work included the refurbishment and upgrading of the historic Dargan (1864) and Milltown (1903) wings together with the provision of new accommodation for the collector, staff and gallery operators.

The fitting of an extensive air conditioning system within the existing listed building structures required a particular attention to co-ordination.

This was a complex, three dimensional task and our engineers applied BIM in order to fully define the intended services installation to the project team and ensure that all elements would fit into the limited space available.


  • introduce new air conditioning systems into the historic wings to maintain environmental conditions to current international standards
  • integrate new plant, ductwork and terminals into the historic structure whilst protecting the integrity of the building
  • scope also included the design of the fire, security and painting alarm systems in addition to highly resilient electrical distribution systems


  • 2024 RIAI Stirling Awards – Silver Medal for Conservation and Restoration
  • fully refurbished historic galleries with state-of-the-art environmental control systems
  • 2017 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards Heritage & Conservation
  • 2017 Irish Building & Design Award (Cultural Project of the Year)
  • 2018 Irish Construction Excellence Award, (Public/Heritage, Building Conservation/Restoration category)
  • 2018 RIAI Award Culture/Public Building category

Integrated services

environmental engineering, sustainability