St. Johns College was a Catholic seminary founded in 1807 for the diocese of Waterford and Lismore, founded by Bishop John Power D, educating clerical students. St. John's closed as a seminary in June 1999 due to the decline in vocations and in 2007 the college building and some of the land was sold to the Respond! Housing Association.
The college was completely refurbished by Respond! into 21 self-contained apartments for the elderly with a 10-bed group home, as well as a Day Centre that will cater for the wider Waterford community. The refurbishment project takes the history of the Gothic Revivalist style building into account, as its aim was to preserve and protect the old walls, fine stain glass windows and beautiful stonework.
The building was a protected structure, which meant that there were substantial challenges in the both the design and implementation stages of the project. The Gyproc specification team worked closely with Mythen Construction and Respond! Housing Association to ensure the protected structure was maintained, whilst ensuring that the relevant building regulations were met, in terms of acoustics and fire.
A judge from the international jury commented that “this fantastic renovation achieved a very high quality finish and boasts superior aesthetics throughout. This was a very technically challenging project completed to a high standard using the best of the technical solutions Gyproc has to offer.”
The Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy showcases how Gyproc high performance plasterboard systems and plasters, combined with skilled workmanship provide solutions for high quality, safe, comfortable, modular and sustainable interiors across a wide variety of applications. The six categories for the Trophy are:
- Innovation & Sustainability
- Segment Solutions
The Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy campaign is organized over a two year period, starting with regional and national events, and culminating in an international awards ceremony. The competition is judged by an international jury, comprising of external specialists representing all of the industry's key professional, trade and client interests, as well as representatives from Saint-Gobain. Winners from Ireland’s national event went forward to compete in the international event in Prague:
National Event Winners
Plasterboard Winner: Eaton House, Dublin 8
- Drylining Contractor – Platt & Reilly
- Architect – Michael Collins and Associates
Residential Winner: St Johns College – Respond! Housing
- Contractor – Mythen Construction Limited
- Architect – Respond! Housing Association
Innovation & Sustainability Winner: Analog Devices R&D Centre, Limerick
- Drylining Contractor – Castle Ceilings
- Architect – EML Architects