Merchants Quay Ireland is a national voluntary organisation founded by the Franciscans in 1969 to provide a range of care and treatment services for homeless men and women and for drug users.
The project, located in Merchants Quay, involved the refurbishment of the old Riverbank Courts Building opposite the Four Courts in Dublin City Centre. The original court room, which used to operate as a theatre, was converted from a double height space into two stories comprising a dining area and offices above.
The existing mechanical and electrical services were completely stripped out. The building was refitted with completely new systems for general power, security, lighting, emergency lighting and fire alarm as well as a lift.
Mechanical systems were installed to provide above ground drainage, hot and cold water services, ventilation, heating, air conditioning and a full catering kitchen. The project was delivered on schedule and within budget.
Since the completion of the renovations, the building now operates as a homeless drop-in centre which offers cooked meals three times a day, shower and washing facilities, needle exchange, medical and dental care to the individuals in need.