Progress Report on Castleblayney Courthouse /Market House (21-6-19)

Following a mini tender competition, Monaghan Co. Council appointed Hegarty Contractors on 13th May to carry proposed stabilisation works to the Courthouse Building. The proposed stabilisation works involve the removal of the entire roof structure, clear out and removal of all internal debris/materials and installation of stability bracing to the interior of the building.

Works commenced on site on 14th May 2019, it was initially envisaged that the proposed stabilisation works could be completed over an approximate period of 8 weeks. However, following removal of the roof structure and commencement of the internal clear out it soon became apparent that the building was in an extremely unsafe condition. To ensure the safety of the operatives and to comply with health and safety obligations, the majority of the proposed works is being completed by hand and involves working from a cradle suspended from a crane or mobile hoist. Accordingly, the works programme has been extended and it is anticipated that the stabilisation works will be completed by the first week in August.

Works Progressed to Date: 

• Asbestos slates have been removed from roof and the existing roof structure has been taken down;
• The cupola has been taken down and placed in storage;
• Unstable sections of the four chimneys have been taken down to eave level;
• Removal of existing windows and clear out of all debris from the eastern end of building is complete;
• Removal of internal debris and material from remaining areas of the building is approximately 40% complete;
• The Conservation Architect engaged by Monaghan County Council to oversee the works has conducted a number of site visits and reports in relation to the ongoing works.

Works to be completed:

• Complete the taking down and removal of sections of unstable internal walls and floors;
• Complete the removal of all remaining internal debris and materials;
• Remove all existing windows and carry out remedial stabilisation works to all window heads;
• Complete the installation of stability bracing to the interior of the building;
• Complete the surveying and recording of all associated conservation elements.

Structural Survey & Assessment

Following completion of all stabilisation works to the building, a full structural survey and assessment of the building structure will be conducted by a Structural Engineer on behalf of Monaghan County Council. It is envisaged that the full structural survey and assessment report will be completed in August. No decision in relation to the future of the Courthouse can be made until this structural assessment is completed.