Stradbally Market House
Restoration of a wrought-iron market structure in Stradbally, Co Laois
Built in 1899 to commemorate a long-serving local doctor, this unique structure was constructed of wrought-iron supported on steel columns, with a concave-form roof of riveted corrugated iron. The building had deteriorated to precarious condition and its setting was compromised by a public toilet built alongside it in the 1960’s.
Conservation works set out to preserve the technical significance of the structure whilst renewing its structural integrity. Wrought-ironwork was repaired using the same technology as the original, and the corrugated-iron roof was repaired keeping the majority of the sheeting in place. A key element of the original design, a long fixed market table, was reinstated and the ground surface was renewed to contemporary design. A new public toilet was created to serve an existing playground by adapting a derelict pig sty at the rear of an adjacent pair of estate cottages not far from the market house. The design preserved the form of the outhouse enclosing a new timber-framed structure which accommodates two toilets, one of them fully disabled accessible.