The Thatch Ballymore



Project Type

Mixed Use- retail, restaurant, cookery school, yoga studio


Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

The destination scheme has been designed in an old-world style that respects the local vernacular, whilst promoting ideas of wellness, healthy living & sustainability. It was important that the development would assimilate with the existing village pattern, and avoid looking out of place with the traditional buildings in the locality.

Urban Design
The proposed development completes the streetscape and forms a strong and vibrant urban edge at the prominent corner of Main St. & Chapel St. The proposed structures enclose a south & west facing courtyard filled with greenery that becomes the lungs of the scheme. The bespoke steel and glass orangery overlooks the landscaped lawn, kitchen garden & greenhouse. An arrangement of steps and ramps create pedestrian routes through planted gardens & terraces. The triangular wedge of space on Chapel St. will become a dining terrace, animating the street & enhancing the public realm to the south of our site.

Architectural Design
The development is designed in a traditional style that takes inspiration from the vernacular buildings dotted around Ballymore Eustace. The design sets out to avoid impinging on the unique character of the village by respecting the style, proportion & character of the streetscape. The different volumes that combine to form the overall scheme are broken up in response to the character, form and scale of the village. The material palette is traditional with old-world detailing echoing the village & helping the new insertion assimilate into its historic context. Building forms are characterised by traditional ‘A’ framed roof structures with exposed timber trusses visible from inside. Roofs will generally be finished in slate without overhanging eaves and soffits, in the traditional way. External and internal walls will be heavily textured with a roughcast plaster finish. The roof finish of the retail space on Chapel St. will be thatched, echoing the thatched structure that previously existed at the site.

Character Spaces
The creation of unique character spaces, with different scales & atmospheres, became an important design concept early on. The thatch, orangery, long barn & greenhouse, give the development a strong identity, each telling a different story and creating a different ambience. The restaurant opens out onto an exterior terrace that overlooks the lawn & kitchen garden. The long barn, with its exposed roof trusses and textured walls, houses the farm shop and restaurant. The vaulted space of the thatch is accessed from here where coffee, fresh breads & the deli counter is located. The orangery offers a different ambience for dining with glass roof and feature stone fireplace. The kitchen garden will ensure a constant supply of varied seasonal produce to the shop & restaurant.

Public Realm Proposal
The public realm proposal takes its cue from the traditional planted gardens and boundary treatments observed around the village. Elevations facing Main St. and Chapel St. are softened with box hedging framing planter beds, bike parking areas and a south facing terrace, helping to integrate our proposal into the village.