The refurbishment of Tuam Cathedral was completed in 2021 and the Cathedral proudly opened its doors on Thursday 12 August 2021. Built in 1827-37, Tuam Cathedral was the second Roman Catholic Cathedral to be constructed in Ireland and is listed on the current Register of Protected Structures of the Local Authority Galway County Council. IN2 were appointed to undertake survey, conditions report and upgrade requirements of the protected building in 2016 and were subsequently appointed to the next phase of the Tuam Cathedral redevelopment project involving the complete upgrading of the Mechanical and Electrical services.
The approach to Energy and Sustainability for the Cathedral involved combining the maximisation of design principles, supplemented by low-energy systems technologies, to improve the environmental performance level and reducing CO2 emissions.
This redevelopment project arose due to essential health and safety and access issues, as well as, to improve the comfort of the parishioners through heating enhancements and improved lighting design.
IN2 were able to use our extensive experience of working with listed buildings and heritage sites to design services that would fulfil the clients brief and project objectives without causing any damage to the fabric of the building and truly enhancing the Cathedrals stone features. The integration of new materials, technology and services was executed sympathetically and cautiously to preserve as much of the existing structure and features as possible.
The new heating solution put forward by IN2, resulted in a 35% reduction in the annual fuel bill for the client.