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Armagh library seeks conservation expert

Northern Ireland
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Armagh Public Library is on the lookout for a conservation architect to restore its Grade A-listed Georgian home

The winner of the estimated £12,500 contract will draw up a conservation management plan for the landmark ashlar stone building.

An options appraisal to improve building access, upgrade exhibition spaces and overhaul the environmental housing of historic collections will also be required.

According to the brief: ‘Armagh Public Library wishes to appoint a conservation architect, with an integrated team with the ability to research, survey, and understand architectural, mechanical and electrical aspects of the building and be able to costs repairs, refurbishment or development as required.’

Founded in 1771, the Thomas Cooley-designed structure is the oldest library in Northern Ireland.

The 370m² building was commissioned by local baron and Archbishop Richard Robinson alongside the nearby Armagh Observatory as part of unrealised plans to establish a new university in the city.

Armagh Public Library originally held Robinson’s own collection focussing on theology, philosophy, classic and modern literature, voyages and travels, history, medicine and law.

Used by around 8,000 academics and local school students annually, the free-to-enter facility now also includes a museum featuring prints and other ancient artefacts. 

Current problems include humidity, dampness and mould. Improvements to the library’s outdated security, electrical wiring, roof and windows are also required.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on 14 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

The Keeper
Armagh Public Library,
43 Abbey St
Armagh
BT61 7DY

Email: drsallymontgomery@gmail.com

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