The Basilica was named Interior Architectural Project of the Year at the Irish Design and Build Awards. The awards took place on Friday 22nd April in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin where more than 500 people from the world of architecture, engineering, construction and design attended the biggest annual awards ceremony in the industry to date, to recognise and acknowledge the best in Ireland’s Building & Design projects over the last 12 months. The 2016 judging panel consisted of some of the leading professionals in their fields and was an opportunity to showcase some of the best Irish Building and Design Projects.
The extensive and elegant overhaul which was designed by A&D Wejchert and executed by Stewart, included a full internal fit-out, some structural adjustment, a new sacristy and sacramental chapel, installation of new restrooms and the redesign on the entrance lobby and forecourt. This Basilica is now more comfortable and welcoming for the significant numbers visiting the shrine every year. The original Basilica was completed in 1976 with little enhancement work in the intervening period. The refurbishment has seen the Basilica’s successful transformation into a warm meditative space to the benefit of both celebrant and congregation.
The works on this religious landmark, were crucial to the building and to enhancing the visitors experience not only to the building but to the area of Knock itself where the Basilica enhances the locality and supports regional tourism. The improvements were welcomed by locals and visitors alike.
Paul Stewart, Managing Director of the family owned company, based in Galway since 1902, expressed the company’s appreciation at receiving such recognition for this project. “It was a magnificent project to be involved in and it easy to appreciate the success of its design and architectural merit. A&D Wejchert, Stewart and all involved are proud of our involvement in its’ delivery for Knock Shrine”.
Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector, Knock Shrine is delighted with this wonderful news, commenting “After months of planning and preparation, to the actual physical work being carried out to the final artistic elements, the Basilica refurbishment has been a long and inspirational journey for us. It is phenomenal to be able to step back and see all involved gaining such great recognition for their talent and accomplishments. We are very happy to share in this proud moment with them.”
Images as courtesy of Peter Maloney Photography with A&D Wejchert Architects
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