GPO Witness History is one of Ireland’s most popular new museums, incorporated within the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, the headquarters for the Irish Volunteers during the 1916 Rising. The permanent attraction has won numerous awards including the Micheletti Award at the European Museum Academy Awards (2017) and Best Cultural Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. The museum was completed as part of the Rising centenary commemorations in 2016.

Client : An Post
Service : N/A
Architect : Kavanagh Tuite Associates : Kane Crow Kavanagh
Structural Engineer : Hendrick Ryan Associates
Value : €7.8 million

GPO Witness History was a high-profile project in the centenary commemorations, involving the repair and restoration of an internal courtyard in the iconic listed building, as well as the new exhibition centre.

As An Post’s headquarters, the GPO is one of Ireland’s busiest public buildings, so we liaised closely with the client to minimise noisy works, and ensure that offices remained in operation throughout the whole project.

Our detailed logistics plan also incorporated a traffic management plan that minimised traffic disruption in the restricted city centre location.

The project included internal works such as timber, carpet and tiled flooring; ceilings; site-wide painting; complete toilet fit-outs and stairs areas fully completed, including cladding, floor finishes and handrails.

External works included granite paving to the courtyard, gravel to the memorial garden and other site works.