Naas Courthouse

Project
Naas Courthouse
Location
Naas, Co. Kildare
Project Value
2,225,000

Naas Courthouse was originally designed by Sir Richard Morrison in 1807, and was later extended by John McCurdy in 1869. The entrance portico was originally set well back from the street between the projecting gables of the two courtrooms, but the present layout dates from 1860 when the entrance hall was extended outwards, and two-storey extensions were constructed on each side , the portico being reproduced or relocated on the new façade.

The building had been badly extended at the rear, and had also been damaged by fire in the 1960's when a number of modern alterations were made to the building.

The brief was to repair and re-model the original building, and to provide office accommodation  and other facilities. This was achieved by the removal of the rear annexes, and construction of a new 2 storey extension over car-park level. The extension is separated from the original building by a first-floor courtyard accessible to staff only. The courtrooms were extensively remodelled to provide disabled access and install modern technology. The suspended ceilings installed in the 1960's were replaced by specially-designed coffered ceilings which enabled the re-use of the lantern lights , and brought natural daylight into the Courtrooms.

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