Knock Basilica has won a national architectural award ‘Interior Architectural Project of the Year 2016’ in the Irish Design and Build Awards
The extensive and elegant overhaul which was designed by A&D Wejchert and executed by Stewart, included a full internal fit-out, some structural adjustment, a new sacristy and sacramental chapel, installation of new restrooms and the redesign on the entrance lobby and forecourt. This Basilica is now more comfortable and welcoming for the significant numbers visiting the shrine every year. The original Basilica was completed in 1976 with little enhancement work in the intervening period. The refurbishment has seen the Basilica’s successful transformation into a warm, meditative space to the benefit of both celebrant and congregation.
The works on this religious landmark, were crucial to the building and to enhancing the visitor experience not only to the building but to the area of Knock itself where the Basilica enhances the locality and supports regional tourism. The improvements have been welcomed by locals and visitors alike.
Paul Stewart, Managing Director of the family-owned company, based in Galway since 1902, expressed the company’s appreciation at receiving such recognition for this project. “It was a magnificent project to be involved in and it easy to appreciate the success of its design and architectural merit. A&D Wejchert, Stewart and all involved are proud of our involvement in its delivery for Knock Shrine”.
Father Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine is delighted with this wonderful news, commenting “After months of planning and preparation, from the actual physical work being carried out to the final artistic elements, the Basilica refurbishment has been a long and inspirational journey for us. It is wonderful to be able to step back and see all involved gaining such great recognition for their talent and accomplishments. We are very happy to share in this proud moment with them”.