Refurbishment of Water Tower


Project Team

Construction Director
Paddy Cassidy
Quantity Surveyor
Bruno Bottura
Site Manager
Donal Molloy
Health & Safety Manager
Veronica Lavelle


McKeon Group were contracted by DCU to complete the full refurbishment of St Pats Water Tower, a structure that is more than 200 years old. The work was completed in August 2022 on the Water Tower in Block D on St Patrick’s College campus, and the results are truly stunning. We were honoured to work on this Dublin Landmark and to help restore it to its former glory. This conservation project required McKeon Group to work closely with specialists Nolan Conservation Group to ensure that all works did not damage the structure. Since being built in 1890, this was the first full refurbishment that had been carried out. While there had been some maintenance works including the repointing of brickwork, nothing as in-depth as our works had been completed. The works involved raking and repointing brick and stone work on the tower, refurbishing the drainage pipework, guttering and tower windows, and cleaning and repainting the existing ironwork including a spiral staircase, bell yoke, and weathervane. We also completed the refurbishment and replacement of clay balusters, replaced the slate roof tiles on top of the tower, did a full in-depth clean of the inside and outside of the tower, installed lighting pendants, and then installed a new access platform to the tower. But our work didn’t end there as the roof also required a major rework. This included the removal of existing redundant fire escape steel stairs, refilling openings at window locations, installation of missing stone cills, and finally completing a new platform walkway over services.


With more than 70 years of experience in the construction industry, McKeon Group has worked on multiple conservation and restoration projects. If you have a conservation or heritage project that you would like us to help with, contact our construction team today.

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