The Shelbourne Hotel2017-07-13T21:01:09+00:00

The extension and redevelopment of the Shelbourne Hotel (protected structure) in Dublin.

The project comprises the following:

  • 99 Bedroom International Five Star Hotel Extension
  • Conference Facilities
  • Associated Restaurants, Lounges, Bars
  • Major Conservation, Refurbishment and Reconfiguration of the Existing Lobby, Kildare Wing and St. Stephens Wing
  • Reconfiguration of Existing Circulation Routes Throughout the Hotel and Linking into the New Extension
  • Upgrade of the Existing Services to Include the Introduction of a new fire sprinkler system throughout
  • Works to the Spa
  • Remedial works to the gable face


The works involved alteration to a functioning hotel and for that reason the programme was condensed as far as practicably possible to reduce loss of revenue.  Preliminary works were carried out in the live hotel.  This elongated the programme slightly but maintained function and revenue income.  A partial completion date was set to meet prior commitments for booking during the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament and this deadline and the final construction deadline were all met.

A close cooperation with the Design Team members, prompt response to requests for Information and interim snagging were adopted to ensure the project’s delivery on time and to the highest quality.  Our hands-on approach of our strong management team ensured that our client/design team received expert advice from our directors at all crucial stages of the project.  The design team met at regular weekly design team meeting and regular client team meetings.

BMCE contributed to all aspects of a BRREAM rating and our design strategy had built in check points to access our success.  We proactively contributed to the discussion on sustainable procurement and responsible construction practices, while we also gave consideration to the possible impacts of the proposed construction site on its immediate environment. Our design philosophy was to minimize the use of materials at all stages of the construction with highly efficient designs and to consider the use of recycled materials wherever practical.

Services Provided by BMCE

Barrett Mahony provided Civil & Structural Engineering Services, which included preparation of Civil and Structural scheme proposals, design development, structural appraisals and condition schedules, design of structural and civil engineering elements of the project, preparation of the planning package, including drawings, reports, calculations and other documentation, checking, inspection, recording and advisory services in relation to the redevelopment of the hotel.  Our services also included monitoring works on site, assistance in final account preparation and handover.

Project: Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin Conservation
Client: Rotuma Ltd
Architect: HKR
Category: Conservation / Redevelopment
Awards: OPUS Heritage Building of the Year Award 2007
Institution of Structural Engineers – Branch Prize – 2006-2007
Awarded to Ciarán Kennedy and James Fegan for the paper: “Extension and Refurbishment of the Shelbourne Hotel”