Twenty five years ago, Irish Landmark Trust restored iconic Wicklow Head Lighthouse and gave the building a sustainable new use as holiday accommodation. The lighthouse is a landmark in the local landscape and is a well loved and valued part of the local community’s heritage.
Through the support of the Heritage Council, we are able to revisit the project 25 years later and prepare an in depth Conservation Report to help plan a programme of works so that the building survives for the next 25 years and beyond. The extreme location of the lighthouse on Dunbur Head is a challenge in itself with the eight sided tower exposed to everything the weather can throw on it.
The main problem is the deteriorating exterior lime render. The project architect, Gráinne Shaffrey from Shaffrey Associates, and Damien Condon of Calyx Restoration, have examined the exterior the building from the safety of a hoist and have taken samples of the render. In the video they talk about the importance of the lighthouse and discuss options for mixing and trialing a new render.