The Miller's House, The Old Mill
Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare
We hope to return the buildings and features of the Factory to a living and productive place that can sustain itself long into the future.
Me at work in my studio
Development of the Conservation Plan for the Old Woollen Mills at Ballymore Eustace is supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2014
Since April 2013, we have had a chance to study the site, to understand its features and develop a Conservation Plan, supported by the Heritage Council.
With expert advice have surveyed the ecology at the site (e.g. bats, and fauna) before undertaking remedial work to make safe the masonry and carefully expose the features so they could be recorded and surveyed using 3D laser scan photography.
With expert advice we have researched the history of the site extensively, finding references predating 1190. The conservation architects produced a comprehensive inventory of the features at the site, wall by wall.
The conservation engineer reviewed each of the built structures and assessed the condition and predicted the likely intervention, if any, that could save the structure from collapse.
Equipped with detailed knowledge about the ecology, history, architectural heritage and structural integrity we assessed the possible options to conserve the site, it being preferable to find new uses for buildings that will sustain them long into the fulture.
Analysis in the Conservation Plan suggests that the best approach would be to restore the Miller's House to a dwelling (where we would hope to live), develop the large industrial buildings for a commercial use, such as craft whiskey distilling. Other small buildings (the kiln, the stables) may be used for small residential. Some other structures may have to be just stabilised and preserved as ruins since no use exists, yet, to justify paying for their restoration.