Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HYA on Facebook

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Scoil Íosa takes possession of new school extension today

The Hamilton Young Architects designed 910sq. m. extension to Scoil Íosa in Ballyhaunis has just been completed on time and on budget. The new state of the art extension comprises 4 classrooms, 6 special education teacher support rooms, a multi purpose room, a large general purpose hall as well as some other ancillary accommodation. This phase also included the construction of a new 26 space car park and a new traffic lay by at the front of the school. This is the first phase of this major new build / refurbishment development at Scoil Íosa. The school has now moved into the extension and is operating out of there from the beginning of January. The main contractor, Kilcawley Construction from Sligo, will now commence phase 2, which involves the complete refurbishment of the original 1979 built school, including a new pitched roof throughout to replace an existing asbestos cement roof. The Project Architect on the job is Trevor McDaid.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summerhill College official sod turning ceremony

Extract from the Sligo Weekender:
Work on the new €7.5 million Summerhill College building is set to start at the end of this month with a completion date of July 2012.  It is expected there will be up to 120 jobs on the site at its peak stage. The main contract with John Sisk and Son Ltd. was signed last week.
The job involves the demolition of the newer section of the existing college with the older original stone building remaining in place. The three storey school is designed around a central courtyard and double height general purpose hall. It will have a capacity for 900 students.
Frank Pastor of Hamilton Young Architects said: "The exterior has been designed to harmonise in scale with the old 1890s building while providing a contemporary facade. The new teaching facilities will contribute to the excellent education already provided by the teachers and staff at Summerhill College".
Hamilton Young Architects designed the new 7,463 square metres building in conjunction with Jennings O'Donovan and Partners Engineers, White Young Green Engineers and Mulcahy McDonagh and Partners Quantity Surveyors.
Bishop Christopher Jones performed the official sod turning ceremony at the site on Monday of last week.
 Artistic impression of the new Summerhill College building
Summerhill College old and new 
Summerhill College: the gateway to Sligo  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Project Profile: Castlerock National School

This is Castlerock National School in Co. Sligo which is nearing completion on site. The new school comprises three classrooms, a general purpose hall, library/resource room, a staff room, an office, as well as all the usual ancillary accommodation. The project also includes a new grass playing field, a ball court and play areas, as well as a staff/visitor car park and a lay-by at the front of the school for the safe set-down and picking up of the pupils. The site will be well landscaped in a combination of shrubs and trees providing an attractive overall environment for all the users. It is intended that the new school will be fully ready for occupation by Easter.

 View of the new school from the road with the lay-by in front

Main entrance to the school
The General Purpose room
A typical classroom

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Project Profile: 'Teach Jimmy'

Teach Jimmy is traditional farmhouse which was completely renovated and extended recently to take advantage of the magnificent views to the north of the site and the natural light to the south & west. The house retains its vernacular look from the public road while opening the living space to the vista and light without compromising privacy. See more of our residential projects at

Teach Jimmy before the building work started

Teach Jimmy undergoing some "minor" changes

View of house near completion
Teach Jimmy nearly complete
 Living room, near completion
 Rear view of house, near completion

Thursday, February 17, 2011

RTE Radio Morning Ireland

Frank Pastor, a director of Hamilton Young Architects, was invited to take part in a feature on RTE's Morning Ireland radio show to discuss business in Sligo and the North West.  The interview also featured Terri Scott, president of IT Sligo and an IDA board member.

Frank highlighted the fact that many of Hamilton Young Architects current large scale projects, such as Summerhill College and Nazareth Sheltered Housing, started as far back as 2006 and 2003 respectively. The importance of planning for future building projects now was emphasised, particularly in light of the current value in fees and construction costs.

You can listen to the interview below:

Or alternatively listen directly here:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Signing of Nazareth Housing Contract

Barry Cannon (Hamilton Young), John Hanley (Nazareth Housing Assoc.), Padraig Rhatigan and Patrick Regan (JJ Rhatigans), Pat Gaughan (Nazareth Housing Assoc.), Ronan McNabb.

The contract for a landmark project at the entrance to Sligo was formally signed in Feb 2011 between the Nazareth Housing Association and JJ Rhatigan Construction Ltd.

The project, to be overseen on site by Hamilton Young Architects, will involve the construction of 49 sheltered housing units for older people. These are to be built in the grounds of the Nazareth House building at Church Hill in Sligo. The project represents a revolutionary approach to providing lifetime homes within a campus of facilities dedicated to the care of the elderly.

Work on site is due to begin in March 2011.