“The bulldozer is not always the answer!” – AM Design

The restoration of traditional pubs got the thumbs-up recently at the National Construction Summit in the Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, where AM Design showcased some restoration projects.



A salvaged back bar from AM Design.

A salvaged back bar from AM Design.

Displaying photographs of buildings and interiors that looked well beyond their “use-by” date, AM Design showed the steps taken in restoration work and the finished buildings got an enthusiastic response.

The designs and details showed the step-by-step process for restoring and adapting buildings successfully for current and changing markets. It also showed how buildings with disused yards or out-buildings can be successfully adapted for multi-use developments, bringing activity and a variety of business to previously near-derelict properties. Completed shopfront restorations and interior fit-outs using salvage fittings were well-received.

One such development recently featured on RTE’s Nationwide. This showed McGinn’s Pub, Newbliss, County Monaghan where key elements included stone walls that looked ready to fall and disused yards that have been developed during the last two years.

During the presentation AM Design’s Angela Murphy stated that, “The bulldozer is not always the answer!”.

Showing remains of traditional shopfronts and interiors of shops and pubs in dire need of repair, Angela also stated that, “The skip is not always the answer!”

Angela Murphy and her team at AM Design have been providing successful pub design developments over the past two decades. Many have appeared in various publications including the film ‘The Irish Pub’ and ‘The Irish Pub’ book. AM Design’s unique and alternative approach to commercial and heritage projects has earned the seal of approval from many pub developments throughout Ireland.

The company provides detailed designs during the development process, working in conjunction with local building contractors while also providing specialist joinery and restoration to timberwork and fittings.

But while it encourages restoration of timber fittings, however where this is not possible, it’s always interested in buying salvage, particularly pre-1960 timber interior fittings… no matter how decrepit it may appear.


For more information contact: –

AM Design

130 Greenpark Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

T:   +353 1 286 4135
M:  +353 86 254 5815



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