Conservation of Jameson Distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork

Conservation of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork City

Conservation of Puxley Mansion, Dunboy Castle, Co. Cork

Conservation


 

Southgate Associates provide specialist heritage conservation services to those tasked with safeguarding and maintaining Ireland’s built heritage, whether public body or private owner. We have supervised some of the largest conservation projects undertaken in the history of the State, and many of Ireland’s most iconic buildings are on our books.

We project manage conservation works to a broad range of protected structures, including; churches, cathedrals, castles, domestic and industrial buildings, monuments, bridges, docks, ruins, farmhouses, cottages and outbuildings.

Our core conservation philosophy could be described as a commitment to a ‘minimum intervention’ model. The works undertaken emphasise maintenance and repair, and undertake the minimum job necessary. This is the best method of protection for the patina and atmosphere of old buildings, and also proves the most cost-effective strategy for our clients.

Conservation Services


 

  • Assist purchase of historic/period buildings, pre-purchase structural engineer’s report.
  • Provide conservation advice/plans and strategies for repair of built heritage.
  • Project management of small and large-scale conservation works.
  • Devise financial strategies, including sourcing grant aid/tax relief/private philanthropy.
  • Provide a full range of archaeological services to monitor works on/around heritage structures/landscapes.
  • Seek ministerial approval for works on registered monuments/necessary planning consents for works on protected structures.
  • Expertise in conserving medieval structures.
  • Provide expert assistance with heritage buildings at risk of collapse.
  • Provide advice on energy efficiency in historic buildings – ie. advice on appropriate insulation and heating systems for solid wall structures.
  • Carry out buildings research, heritage studies and heritage interpretation.
  • Lecture/teach on built heritage conservation workshops and run CPD courses.

Surveys


 

A core element of Southgate Associates work is in the provision of pre-purchase structural surveys to those attempting to buy historic/period properties. This service is provided by a chartered engineer, who is highly experienced in the conservation of heritage buildings of all descriptions.

This process can not only meet the bank requirements for a professional survey, but can also provide advice and estimates on the costs involved in any necessary works, which can assist in the decision making process on finding the best future home or business premises.

We have a variety of types of survey, from verbal advice through to a detailed conservation management plan, which will outline a long-term strategy for the conservation of a particular heritage structure.

Archaeological Services


 

At Southgate Associates we are very proud to have a strong multi-disciplinary flavour to our practice, and we have on staff both building archaeologists and a licensed archaeologist. This allows Southgate Associates to offer a full range of archaeological services, as dictated by the needs of any given project.

The company can provide the necessary archaeological testing, excavation and monitoring that is requested by local authority or other bodies. In addition, we offer a variety of types of archaeological services, whether geophysical surveys, GIS and Mapping Services, Environmental Impact Statements etc.

Archaeological Services


 

At Southgate Associates we are very proud to have a strong multi-disciplinary flavour to our practice, and we have on staff both building archaeologists and a licensed archaeologist. This allows Southgate Associates to offer a full range of archaeological services, as dictated by the needs of any given project.

The company can provide the necessary archaeological testing, excavation and monitoring that is requested by local authority or other body. In addition, we offer a variety of types of archaeological services, whether geophysical surveys, GIS and Mapping Services, Environmental Impact Statements etc.

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