The Franciscan Friars have occupied this substantial site on the banks of the Liffey in the heart of medieval Dublin for nearly 400 years. They carry out pastoral and parish work and support a substantial treatment service dealing with drug addicts and the homeless.
The works comprised internal alterations and the complete refurbishment of the existing 4-storey stone buildings on the corner of Winetavern Street and Merchants Quay to provide administrative and meeting accommodation, communal living areas, and bedroom accommodation for the Friars.
A great emphasis was placed on reducing energy consumption and costs. Measures include an array of solar panels that heat the buildings hot water requirements