Limerick school Ardscoil Rís signs contracts on new 140-seat theatre

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Ardscoil Rís principal Tom Prendergast looking over the plans with fifth year students Sean Long and Larlaith Cosgrove Pictures: Adrian Butler

Ardscoil Rís principal Tom Prendergast looking over the plans with fifth year students Sean Long and Larlaith Cosgrove Pictures: Adrian Butler

A NEW 140-seat multi-purpose theatre venue is to be built at Ardscoil Rís after the Limerick school signed the contracts for the exciting new development. 

The construction of the new venue is due to start on site later this month, with completion of the project expected by July 2018.

It is hoped the modern new building will further enhance the state-of-the-art campus on the North Circular Road for the school’s 744 students, following an extensive renovation to the school in 2014.

“This new theatre building is a very exciting development for the school community and will be ready for use in September 2018,” Principal Tom Prendergast said.  

“It has been planned for the past number of years, by the board of management and I suppose it just took a little bit of time to bring it to fruition.” 

“The initial process would have started maybe two years ago, three years ago at this stage.” 

Funding for the project has been provided by school. 

“With funds raise through a combination of things, over a number of years,” Mr Prendergast added. 

“It will further enhance the school’s long tradition of music, drama and debating.

“It will also be an excellent venue for various events including guest speakers, presentations, paraliturgies.

”Indeed when the seating is retracted, the building can house various exhibitions including our business students hosting a market morning event, for example.” 

“There is also the prospect of holding our after-school and night study in the new building.

“I must also thank the board of management for their work in bringing this project to fruition.”

Limerick-based Healy Partners Architects have designed the new venue, with Nautic Building Company, another Limerick-based company, contracted to carry out the project’s construction. 

The design of the new theatre features a double heighted extension to the school, as well as retractable seating inside the venue. 

Healy Partners Architects also carried out the design of the school’s previous multimillion renovation, completed in 2014. 

The renovation was designed to orientate classrooms towards southern aspects, and practical rooms and PE Hall were designed to achieve sunlight from an easterly aspect. 

Consideration was also given during the design process to how the new building attached itself to the existing building and integrated spaces. 

The firm has also designed projects for St Munchins College, JFK Memorial School, St Clement’s College and the Burren College of Art and Design. 

Healy Partner Architects also designed the canopy for the Milk Market, which has earned the firm an award for its innovation.