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St. Mels Cathedral, Longford Town.

Architects :  Fitzgerald Kavanagh Partners.

Contractors :  Gem/Purcell Joint Venture.

Site Reference : Ronan Moore.

Tragically the hundred and sixty-year-old St Mels Cathedral in Longford was almost destroyed in a fire on Christmas Morning 2009. It was reopened on December 19th 2014 after a complete refurbishment by Main Contractors Gem/Purcell.

Our involvement in the project was in the provision of replacement perimeter railings to match the remaining portions of the originals.

The castings and bosses of the existing railings were handmade and none of the off the shelf solutions available on the market were appropriate. Our long-term relationship with Athy Co Op Foundry offered the answer, copies were made of the original castings and they were recast individually using virtually the same methods as used in making the originals 160 years ago. The castings were then fabricated into the railing and gate structure at our Dublin plant.

A second portion of the works involved the Supply Manufacture and Commissioning of a 15000mm wide sliding gate to match the perimeter railing it is designed to travel across the tiled forecourt of the Cathedral.

Working in close cooperation with Gem Purcell a 35 metre long track was laid within the forecourt area before tiling. An upstand granite block wall was formed to carry the railings to front the gate.

The gate was delivered in one piece and automation consisting of Electric motor with inbuilt safety features including automatically reversing drive when an obstacle is encountered and Infra-red beams to prevent closure on a body or a vehicle. The gate is designed to be operated by an attendant, so no remote operation was required.

We also provided and installed Hardwood timber fencing on a steel framework to the bicycle parking area.

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