ASD Unit Complete in Rathoe, Carlow – Watch this space for Finished Photos

An almost there image from Site…..

One of our now completed ASD units in Rathoe, Co Carlow. A successful addition to the Existing School and one that is thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and teachers alike!

We introduced lots of light into the new extension and choose light and bright colours for the interior fit-out. See our clients review of the project in the “Testimonials” section of our website

More finished photography to follow soon.

City Centre Project – Office Fit-Out

A City Centre Project that presented many complexities in terms of accessibility– a number of changes in levels within the building presented design challenges for providing an office that could be used universally.

This project included a complete strip-out of the existing space and all services. Central to the brief was the subdivision of the existing floorplate and the provision of an access/circulation route for our tenant to their own section of the building.

The concept for this project was the notion of a journey – we were dealing with three distinct eras of building, the most interesting being the 1800’s element which merged with the 1960’s and the 1990’s. We wanted the occupants to have a sense of history within their space and as a result, each area became a district that used materials that reflected the buildings age. Areas of exposed brickwork were constructed within the space, along with the use of wrought iron railings on ramps and the use of dark framed glazing to create a sense of the past. A walkway throughout the space of timber flooring laid in a herringbone pattern cleverly guides the user on a journey to all sections of the building – this walkway remains consistent throughout and the direction of the chevron/ pattern was also a method of way-finding.

There are large open plan office areas in both districts along with support areas including Phone booths, Kiosks and Meeting Rooms. The existing toilet facilities were relocated to provide new fully accessible WC & showering facilities for all staff.

Mcloughlin Architecture provided full Architectural, PSDP and Interior Architectural services on this project. This project was completed on-time within a very tight timeframe of 14 weeks.

Area: 825sq.m

Main Contractor: Noel Conway Construction.


Fit Out Awards 2017

McLoughlin Architecture were delighted to have been shortlisted for the Fit Out Awards 2017 for the work carried out in the B.Braun offices in Bluebell. Here’s a look back and some before an after shots of the office space.

Some “Befores” of the Main Office at Ground Floor and also the Reception

And Finally – the important ones!













The Art of Model Making

Model Making is such a skill, we were fortunate to work with a client recently on a substantial residential project where a model was required – we are thrilled with the model! Pictures of the finished build to follow soon (or as soon as the sun comes out!!)





The Art of Sketch

Hand Sketching is something that we are all very passionate about at McLoughlin Architecture, while going through some archived files recently we came across some old concept sketches from a little while ago (1997) – the power of a hand drawn sketch is invaluable and is such an important tool for client communication! Although we have all moved to different 3d packages such as Sketch-Up, Revit etc. we still like to put ink to paper!Stay tuned for some more recent sketches!




BIM Specialist / Revit Technologist

Growing dynamic Architectural Practice based in Naas, Co. Kildare require an experienced, technically strong, hands on type Autodesk Revit proficient Technologist to assist their BIM Team in the delivery of their exciting portfolio of projects, the development of in house Revit processes, standards and training. Applicants should possess excellent detailing skills, be proficient in the development of parametric content including conceptual massing, adaptive components and multidisciplinary formula based families inside the Revit Families Editor. Min 4 years of Solid Revit use in the Industry is desirable with a firm understanding of Complex modelling, families, work sets and design options with an architectural background. Project work will include Commercial, Healthcare, Retail, Mixed Use & Residential. You will enjoy working in in a collaborative team environment and be able to assist and train other team members with limited Revit capability. Strong communication skills are paramount together with a thorough understanding of:

Technical Guidance Documents (Building Regulations)

Building Control (Amendment) Regulations


Hours: Usually 9.00am – 5.30pm (with 1 hr Lunch) Mon – Fri

Salary: Dependant on Experience

Benefits: 20 Days Annual Leave / Annum plus Bank Holidays

Parking: Free Car Parking


Application Deadline – 4th of December

Architectural Design for Relaxed Learning

Designing for educational environments is always interesting, particularly where collaboration and informal teaching is required. McLoughlin Architecture recently completed the Learning Resource Centre in Belvedere College, Dublin, prior to the opening of this space the school had never had a library space that also encouraged group work/ informal learning. From the onset of this architectural project, we wanted the space to be flexible to facilitate a number of different functions. Within the main entrance area of the LRC, custom designed tiered seating is used to allow students to sit and listen to visiting guest speakers, participate in group discussions and also giving them a more relaxed area to sit and read books individually.

Adjacent to this area we incorporated two large group pods that allow students to work in groups. Surfaces in this area are hard wearing and durable, amongst them included leather upholstered seating and “write on”/ “wipe off” table surface.

Directly beside this area is the information literacy section, students can carry out their own literacy research or consult with the Librarian on suitable topics etc whose desk sits within this area. McLoughlin Architecture’s positioning of the librarian’s desk centrally in the space allows students to consult with the librarian and seek assistance in their research. To facilitate quiet reading/ individual project work we designed a large study room adjacent to the librarian’s desk that is visible to the front section and is separated by clear glazing – transparency is key here while it also provides a quiet space away from the busier group areas. The colour scheme is lively and fresh and is enhanced by a new LED lighting scheme designed by McLoughlin Architecture. The real success of this educational project is the use it gets, it is providing a space for students to learn in different ways.

View the full project here.


View showing the Pods and Literacy Area with “write on”/ “wipe off” table surfaces



View through Group Area into Quiet/ Study Zone



View of Quiet/ Study Zone