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Carrickfergus Castle Renovations

Taylor and Boyd LLP worked closely on the replacement of the timber flat roof over the great hall at Carrickfergus castle. The roof itself was built by the army around 100 years ago and was not originally part of the 1177 building. The roof was leaking at numerous locations and causing damage to the internal finishes and the stonework walls of the castle keep. The decision was taken by the client to replace the roof and to take the opportunity to re-build it as near as possible to how it was originally constructed. The Irish Oak used in the project was sourced from trees that fell naturally during a winter storm in Ireland 3 years ago.

Taylor and Boyd was employed to oversee the contractor designs and provide structural input on the scheme. This included the temporary works design for the internal scaffolding frame used as a crash deck during the demolitions works and checks on the design of the bespoke oak timber framed trussed roof. Details for localised stonework support, wall plate fixing details on the existing stone walls, stonework repairs and methodologies for making safe window openings were also performed during the works.


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