Russborough House was originally built in the 1740s and was lovingly restored in 1952 by the Beit Family. The home was subsequently opened to the for the public to enjoy, since then over one million people have visited this distinguished house in Co. Wicklow.
IN2 were appointed to execute full conservation MEP design as well as, energy and sustainability assessments of the Estate to help shape how Russborough House will be protected and effectively maintained for the next 50 years.
IN2 developed a conservation strategy to protect and limit damage to the protected structures from further deterioration. The works were delivered in a phased basis to ensure that Fire Safety Certification, Disabled Access Certification and Planning Permission were successfully achieved.
IN2 also carried out a sustainability study including an Energy Masterplan which analysed the building’s current energy consumption and assessed alternative options of how both energy and ongoing fuel costs could be reduced, resulting in lower carbon usage and running costs.
As well as this IN2 carried out full MEP upgrades to the House including developing the technical designs, assisting in the inspections and preparing the building for commissioning.
The various potential energy improvements were assessed for passive energy measures to be incorporated, which included the implementation of low energy systems and renewable technologies. IN2 also undertook a comprehensive on-site visual condition survey on the existing services and determined routes and locations.
Re-opening again in 2018, some of the new exhibits from the Alfred Beit Collection of art had not been seen for decades. On a wider scale, the Russborough Estate itself is also somewhat undiscovered and now features many family-friendly activities including a children's playground, maze, sheepdog trials, birds of prey centre and country walks.
Eric Blatchford, CEO of Russborough House said. 'We are delighted to welcome both locals and those from beyond Wicklow to Russborough this season, whether its for a house tour, to enjoy all the estate has to offer or indeed to run an event.'