Published On: May 11, 2024

Brendan Merry & Partners have been appointed as Employer’s Representative and Quantity Surveyor for the development works at 11 Parnell Square East on behalf of the Irish Heritage Trust.

The project has now moved onto the construction phase with the appointment of Bourke Builders Ltd. and their commencement on site in May 2024.

On Thursday, 13th June 2024, Minister Malcolm Noonan was on site to mark the official commencement of a conservation-led refurbishment and a new chapter for this historic building, part of the cultural renaissance of Dublin’s North Inner City.

BMP are joined by a very experienced Design Team led by Valerie Mulvin & Kate Cregan from McCullough Mulvin Architects. The project is scheduled to complete in Q3 2025.

The Irish Heritage Trust, has entered into a partnership with Poetry Ireland and the Irish Landmark Trust to bring No.11 Parnell Square to life as a poetry centre, cultural hub and headquarters for the three organisations.

Parnell Square is Dublin’s de facto literary quarter and attracts visitors with a passion for heritage and culture. They come to enjoy plays, exhibitions, readings, and a host of events at the world-renowned Gate Theatre, Hugh Lane Gallery, Irish Writers Centre and James Joyce Centre.

Dublin city has ambitions to establish a thriving cultural cluster in the Parnell Square area and No. 11 will become an integral part of these plans. This includes the development of a new City Library on the north west quarter of Parnell Square.

At the core of the No. 11 building will be The Seamus Heaney Poetry Library encompassing the late Laureate’s private library, bequeathed by his family to Poetry Ireland.

Photographs courtesy of the Irish Heritage Trust.

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