The conservation plan methodology was first set out by James Semple Kerr in 1982. Conservation plans seek to establish the significance of a place, identify the threats to the significance and set out policies that will assist in preserving significance. We have prepared numerous conservation plans including the following:
Alastair Coey Architects was appointed by Derry City Council, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Environment and Heritage Service in 2005 to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for Derry City Walls. Preparation of the Conservation Plan involved consultation with a large group of Stakeholders ranging from the PSNI to local residents’ groups. The Conservation Plan was completed within budget and programme and was published in 2007. Work is, at present, continuing on the evolving Management Plan.
Alastair Coey Architects was appointed in 2005 to prepare a Conservation Plan for the Historic Core of Nenagh, a bustling market town in North Tipperary and the administrative home of North Tipperary County Council. Preparation of the Plan involved engagement with a wide selection of the local community. A number of priority projects emerged as a result of the Conservation Plan and it successfully levered €3M of central government funding to assist in the provision of a visitor centre for Nenagh Castle. Other priority projects include finding a suitable new use for a redundant nineteenth-century military barracks and developing the remains of Nenagh Gaol as a tourist destination. The Conservation Plan also addressed issues associated with streetscape improvements and provision of a guided walk.
Alastair Coey Architects was commissioned in 2007 by Cashel Town Council with support from The Heritage Council to prepare a Conservation and Management Plan for Cashel Town Walls. The town was founded below the Rock of Cashel, one of the premier sites of political and religious significance in Ireland, stretching back to the dawn of recorded history. The Plan found that there was considerable opportunity to improve access to the walls, large sections of which had been incorporated into later structures or were visible primarily from private property.
Trim is on a crossing point of the River Boyne in south-west County Meath. On approaching the town for the first time, the visitor is immediately struck by the superb Norman castle which is one of the largest and most impressive medieval castles in Ireland. Alastair Coey Architects, leading a team of experts including archaeologist, historian and ecologist, was appointed by Trim Town Council in partnership with the Heritage Council, as part of the Irish Walled Towns Network initiative, to prepare a conservation management plan for the medieval town walls of Trim which embrace the castle in the south-east corner of the circuit.
Alastair Coey Architects was appointed in August 2007 by Wexford Borough Council, with support from The Heritage Council, to prepare a Conservation and Management Plan for Wexford Town Walls. Wexford, like Derry, is a member of the Irish Walled Towns Network. The physical research carried out in preparation of both documents revealed that much more of the original medieval walls survive than originally had been anticipated.
Alastair Coey Architects was commissioned in 2007 by Wexford County Council with support from The Heritage Council to prepare a Conservation and Management Plan for New Ross Town Walls. The area enclosed by the town walls of New Ross is one of the largest in Ireland, enclosing a well preserved medieval street layout. Much of the circuit had been removed and remaining walls are incorporated into property boundaries.
This Conservation Plan, for the former Belfast Municipal Technical Institute, was commissioned by the Watkin Jones Group and Lacuna Developments, a consortia which acquired the building from the Belfast Metropolitan College in June 2014. Alastair Coey Architects were appointed in 2014 to prepare the Conservation Plan in the context of a new use having already been identified which involves the conversion of the building to provide in the region of 400 student rooms in managed accommodation.
Enniscorthy Castle is a sixteenth century castle built by Sir Henry Wallop on a rocky outcrop dominating Enniscorthy and overlooking the River Slaney. Alastair Coey Architects was appointed by Wexford County Council to prepare a conservation plan in the context of proposals to develop the castle, which had been empty and unused for a number of years, for use as a county museum.
Alastair Coey Architects was appointed to prepare the Conservation Plan for Templemore Avenue Baths, Belfast with support from by Belfast City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The purpose of the Conservation Plan is to identify what makes Templemore Avenue Baths special in the context of its immediate setting, identifying a range of vulnerabilities which threaten its future survival and proposes policies which, if adopted, will ensure that the complex’s deterioration will be halted and that any future development will be carried out in such a way as to fully respect the surviving original fabric while permitting interventions that will ensure a commercially viable use that will be compatible with the original aims of Templemore Users Trust.
The Conservation Plan for Sligo Gaol, was commissioned in 2002 by Sligo County Council and jointly sponsored by The Heritage Council. A draft Conservation Plan, prepared by Alastair Coey Architects, was presented in 2003 but this was not formally adopted. In 2010, Alastair Coey Architects were re-appointed to re-visit and update the 2003 draft. The purpose of the conservation plan is to establish the significance of the Gaol, issues affecting significance and to propose policies to enable its significance to be retained in its future use and development
Other Conservation Plans include:
• Kilmainham Mill, Dublin
• The Bolton Library