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Richard Calder: Managing Fire Safety in Ireland’s State Properties

October 31, 2018

Richard has recently taken up the post of Technical Head of Fire and Security in the Office of Public Works providing fire safety expertise in support of Heritage Section, the Major, Intermediate and Minor Works Projects and Maintenance Sections.  The property portfolio includes such high profile premises as Dublin Castle, Farmleigh, Áras an Uachtaráin, Rathfarnham Castle and Kilmainham Gaol

Richard Calder (AMIChemE, PG Dip Fire Safety in Buildings and Other Structures (With Distinction), CEng MIEI) has over 20 years’ experience in Private Practise in the Consulting Engineering Environment with Forbes Leslie Network/FLN Consulting Engineers.  While continuing to work full time he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety in Buildings and Other Structures in 2009, graduating first in the class and receiving the Chief Fire Officers’ Association Award.  Richard has consulted on numerous high profile heritage buildings including Marsh’s Library, The National Library of Ireland, Richmond Barracks and the recently refurbished National Gallery of Ireland which was the winner in the Culture/Public Building Category at the RIAI Awards 2018.


Úna Ní Mhearáin: Fire safety measures in the City Assembly House

October 31, 2018

Úna Ni Mhearáin,FRIAI, has recently overseen the conservation of City Assembly House for the Irish Georgian Society.   Of particular interest for Irish Landmark's conference were the steps taken to meet the fire safety regulations.

Úna is an architect with 30 years’ experience in the field of architecture and conservation. She is a Grade 1 Conservation Architect and works for Consarc.

In addition to the City Assembly House project, other recent projects include; the repair and conservation works, and a new exhibition space at the former Parliament House, (Bank of Ireland), College Green; Adare Manor, Co. Limerick; Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo; and Headfort House, Co. Meath.

Úna is currently chair of the Building Limes Forum Ireland and a board member of ICOMOS.

Michael O’Boyle: The challenges facing Irish Landmark at the Georgian Townhouse

October 31, 2018

Michael O’Boyle, is a member of Irish Landmark Trust's Property Committee, and a member of the steering committee overseeing the necessary upgrading of the Georgian Townhouse to compliance with fire safety regulations.

A Grade 1 Conservation Architect, Michael became a trustee of the Irish Landmark Trust in October 217.   He is a director of Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects, with offices in Dublin and Kilkenny.  Michael’s work encompasses a wide range of historic buildings, large and small, where innovative conservation-led fire safety solutions are required.  He has just completed work on five courthouse buildings (Cork, Limerick, Mullingar, Waterford and Wexford), which involved the sensitive integration of complex modern facilities with historic building fabric.   Current projects include the refurbishment and extension of St. Mary’s Knockbeg College (Carlow), Leitrim Civic Offices, and Cavan Arts Centre.  Michael has served on the Architecture Committee of The Heritage Council and the Conservation Accreditation Board of the RIAI. He is a trustee of the Buildings of Ireland Charitable Trust and is consultant conservation architect to Tipperary County Council.

Gráinne Shaffrey: Fire safety challenges of providing accommodation in Georgian buildings

October 31, 2018

Gráinne Shaffrey has undertaken a study of the many challenges, including fire safety, of adapting Dublin's Georgian buildings for accommodation and other uses.   For Irish Landmark's conference, her focus was on the fire safety element of this study.

Gráinne Shaffrey is a principal of Shaffrey Architects

Shaffrey Architects was established in 1967 by Patrick and Maura Shaffrey.  Their main field of work covers specialised aspects of architecture including existing buildings, their adaptation to new use and repair, urban design and new buildings in existing urban areas. The practice is concerned with the integration of new and existing urban fabric and public spaces which facilitate social and physical diversity. Research and publication has formed an important element in their overall practice.

Steve Emery: Fire Risk Challenges in Historic Buildings

October 31, 2018

Steve Emery  (GI (Fire) E, Oxford University Fire Officer ) was appointed as the Oxford University Fire Officer in May 2016 following 15 years as National Fire Adviser for English Heritage and Historic England. Prior to this he had a 30 year career with Avon Fire and Rescue Service, his final post being 12 years as the fire officer for the City of Bath.

He takes a keen interest in finding ways of protecting heritage buildings from fire, whilst avoiding damage to the things that make them important.

He chairs the Institution of Fire Engineers Special Interest Group for Heritage Buildings and has run the very successful 3 day residential salvage course at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service premises and has trained 750 people since 2009

Dawson Stelfox: Fire Prevention Measures in Historic Buildings

October 31, 2018

Dawson Stelfox  MBE DL (Hon DSc, Hon DUniv, BSc Arch, Dip Arch, RIBA, FRIAI AABC) brings the experience of many years working in the built historic environment to this Irish Landmark Conference.   He is a Consultant Conservation Architect, with Consarc Design Group.

Of particular relevance to this conference is his experience in restoring fire damaged buildings, including Parliament Buildings Stormont, St Patrick’s Schools, and Christ Church, and in retro fitting sensitive fire protection measures to many historic buildings.

Dawson was an architect with Consarc Design Group from1983-1989 and then freelance conservation architect from 1989 to 1995, including work for Hearth Building Preservation Trust.  He rejoined Consarc in 1995 to head the specialist team of Consarc Conservation, concentrating on restoration of historic buildings.  He became a director of Consarc Design Group Ltd. in 1997 and Chairman in 2002, overseeing the company’s restoration of and move into the historic Gasworks building on the Ormeau Road, Belfast. In 2018 his role changed to Conservation Consultant working on specific complex conservation projects.

Over the years Dawson has worked on some of the most important historic buildings in Ireland including Parliament Buildings, St George’s Markets, The Albert Clock, various projects at Queen’s University, Christchurch, Belfast, Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, The Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Ashford Castle and Adare Manor hotel in Co Limerick. Recent and current work in Great Britain includes a number of projects for the University of Edinburgh and English Heritage.

Former President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (2008-2010), Council Member of  the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and chair of the RIBA Steering Group on Conservation Accreditation

Currently Chair of Outdoor Recreation NI (formerly CAAN), member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Board Member of Mountaineering Ireland and Mountain Training UK.

Dawson has been an active mountaineer over the last forty years with many expeditions to the greater ranges of the world.  1993 saw the First Irish Everest Expedition after many years of planning and preparation.  Leaders were Dawson Stelfox and Frank Nugent and on 27th May 1993, Dawson became the first person from Ireland to climb Everest and the first from Britain or Ireland to climb the north ridge, the scene of Mallory and Irvine’s disappearance in 1924.

Chris McGregor’s Story of Glasgow School of Art Fire

October 31, 2018

In his presentation at Irish Landmark 'Hold Fire! Practical Solutions to Fire Safety in Historic Buildings', Chris McGregor focused on the major fire at the historic Mackintosh building, the home of Glasgow School of Art

Chris is Senior Project Manager, Conservation, at Historic Environment Scotland.  He has had a very broad range of experience in his work, starting as a Project Architect.  He moved to the Technical Conservation Group as Assistant Director looking at external partnerships with trade, university and world groups.  The Conservation Group was formed in 2012 combining the technical research and outreach work with the care and maintenance of the 335 properties in the Care of Scottish Ministers, allowing much better integration and cooperation within the Group.  As Head of Major Projects he worked on a range of substantial projects such as the Battle of Bannockburn Centre for the NTS, Scottish Ten, The Engine Shed, three manifesto commitments for the last Scottish Government.  For a short period he was the Acting Director of Conservation while the Director was temporarily acting Chief Executive

Richard has extensive conservation experience working with traditional materials and crafts people on a range of conservation projects and having a knowledge and experience of working with the broad range of traditional, vernacular materials used in Scotland including stone, slate, timber, earth, thatch and ironwork.  He has developed considerable experience and knowledge of industrial heritage.

Richard taught on various conservation courses at York University, Dundee University, Edinburgh University, HES Summer Schools and lectured extensively throughout the country on traditional vernacular building.  He has written a considerable amount on Scottish traditional buildings.

The Scottish 10 Project. Digitally recorded the five World Heritage Sites in Scotland and five international sites around the world.

The establishment of potential sites throughout the world in consultation with partners and advice from our colleagues in International Division.  A Limited Liability Partnership was established with the Glasgow School of Art as the vehicle for the delivery of the S10 project and beyond, called the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV).  Richard is one of the two HES Directors of the CDDV.

He has lectured throughout the world on laser scanning and the digital capture of historic sites.

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