Accoya® Wood Selected For Flooring in One of the Earliest Examples of Irish Romanesque Architecture
Accoya® wood used to stunning effect in the conservation of Cormac’s Chapel, Ireland.
As part of the Office of Public Works conservation at Cormac’s Chapel, on the Rock of Cashel, Ireland, Abbey Woods supplied Accoya® wood for the flooring. Consecrated in 1134, the church has a number of Romanesque features including recessed arched doorways, rib-vaulting and decorative motifs such as chevrons, pellets and rosettes, making it a popular historical landmark in County Tipperary.
When selecting the material for the new flooring of the chapel, it was crucial to take into consideration the high footfall the location is consistently subjected to; therefore, choosing a strong and durable material was critical.
Accoya® was specified for the flooring because a high performance wood was required to ensure it did not warp, split or swell. For this project, 82m² of 145mm x 28mm Accoya® decking was fitted with the B-Fix one hidden clip system. It was finished with Osmo Basalt Grey woodstain, to give the Accoya® a tough, durable, long lasting finish, whilst the semi-transparent, satin-matt finish enhanced the wood grain and texture.
Phil Roche, Managing Director of Abbey Woods commented, “The client is really pleased with the stunning end result. Accoya® was the right choice for the project because of its durability and stability properties, along with its outstanding environmental credentials. Also, with Accoya®’s 50 year above ground guarantee, it provides peace of mind that it will provide a long-term solution to meet the high public footfall.”
Architect: Michele O’Dea – Senior Architect, Architectural Services-Conservation , Office of Public Works, Ireland