Mary Street Primark Store

2010-2011 | Dublin
Penneys, Mary Street was originally constructed in 1906 as a department store for Todd, Burns & Co. It was designed by William Mansfield Mitchell, a prominent Dublin architect. Mitchell had worked with Deane and Woodward, and was also responsible the Masonic Girls’ School in Ballsbridge, Dublin (Bewley’s Hotel). A large number of drawings from William Mansfield Mitchell’s office were donated to the Irish Architectural Archive and included the Todd, Burns & Co. drawings.
A wish to expand the retail premises led to a refurbishment project of the existing store with an extension of the retail area into the existing stock area above the ground floor. The stock floor was originally a retail floor and contained ornate plasterwork and large roof lanterns.

The re-design opened up of the ground floor by incorporating east buildings into a whole open plan. The intervention of a new lift and escalator atrium provides a clear route through the store both vertically and horizontally. The new atrium contained new escalators and glass lifts and is located beneath one of the original lanterns. The atrium has restored the effect of daylight penetration from roof to the ground floor and returns a sense of the buildings original character. Relief is given to the low ceiling basement below and natural light can be followed up to the new first floor retail area where views of Mary Street can now be found.

The largely intact detailing and finishes on decorative stanchions, their capitals, beams, and lantern framework on the first floor were retained and repaired. As part of the conservation strategy, they are exposed as a background to which contemporary retail design can cohabit while at the same time the original building’s significance is evident.
The construction was undertaken in 5 phases while the store remained open. Incorporating East buildings into a whole open plan and providing a clear route through the store both vertically and horizontally was the design intention developed by Liam in collaboration with Jack Coughlan FRIAI. The retail store was increased by 2100msq. Penneys Mary Street was published in Architecture Ireland in 2013. 


2011 | Penneys, O’Connel Street, Dublin

2009 | Penneys, Naas, Kildare

2007 | Penneys, Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork

2007-2013 Primark, Europe
Düsseldorf – SaarbruckenGhent – Düsseldorf - Berlin

2002 | 2013  Shea Hartigan worked with Jack Coughlan Associates an RIAI registered practice from 2002 and has continued to work with this practice outside of academic years spent at the Cork School of Architecture [CCAE].

JCA is a small to medium sized practice composing of two interactive disciplines; contemporary design and specialist conservation. There is a degree of crossover which helps both sections to work together. Here Shea Hartigan was mentored and supported in the decision to continue studies in Architecture, initially through the RIBA Office Based Candidates Programme.   

Shea Hartiganhas participated/led in all stages of the architectural process. The size and nature of this practice has made his experience wide and varied, from involvement in architecturally significant one-off houses to infrastructural projects.

O'Connell House | 1 Strawberry Hill* | Moyross House | Murray House, Ballincollig | O'Gare Extension | Sara and Owen Extension - Renovation | Pat and Alma Extension Skibbereen
Lower Glanmire Road | Cumnor Kinsale | Wyses Hill | Frinella Blackpool | Cork Alzheimers O'Connell Court | 41-42 Sunday Well Road | Sli Eile Housing Association

The Mill, Bandon | The Woodford Bar & Cafe |
Health Service Executive | Office Proposal for Mercy University Hospital.
Department of Education | Deerpark CBS; St. Finn Barr's National School, Proposal for Colaiste Muire, Cobh.
Office of Public Works | Linn Dubh Offices; St. Nicholas Church.
An Post | Mallow; Newbridge; Carlow; Enniscorthy; Carrigaline; Ballinlough; Mitchelstown.
University College Cork | Mardyke Gardens; Tyndall Institute Conservation Works.
Primark | O'Connel Street; Mary Street*; Naas; Wilton; Saarbrucken.
Musgrave | Group Offices, Tramore Road*.
Cork City Council | Black Ash Park and Ride*; Cork Civil Defence*; Water Works; Lifetime Lab.

Cork County Council |  Baltimore Harbour Facility
Industrial Development Authority | Cognex;
Cork City Council | Water Works; North Ring Refuse  
Floplast | Offices Proposal

* Denotes project featured by image