St. Christopher’s Special School, Longford

St. Christopher’s Special School, Longford,  caters for pupils between the ages of 4-18 years, with special educational needs who have a Moderate General Learning Disability, a Severe/ Profound General Learning Disability, and pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

The scheme provided an extension and renovation to the existing school, requiring the partial demolition of a section of the existing school to accommodate a new entrance and offices; upgrade of existing buildings; new single-storey extensions totaling 1,960m²; two temporary accommodation buildings totaling 555m² and all associated site works and connections to existing services on an existing adult and child special services campus.

The project professional team are McCarthy O’Hora Architects, Civil & Structural Engineer, Hayes Higgins Partnership, Building Services Engineer, Delap & Waller.

Key features:

  • New main entrance and offices
  • Primary and post-primary classrooms
  • Quiet rooms, teaching and therapy rooms
  • Laundry room
  • Dining rooms and kitchenettes
  • Conference/library
  • Nurses room and recovery room
  • Secretarial & principals offices
  • Visitors room, staff rooms
  • Two internal courtyards
  • X-Y whole room hoist systems
  • Multi-sensory rooms and gross motor activities area
  • Classrooms/soft-play-area, storage rooms and stage/toy store
  • Plant room
  • Gym and General purpose hall
  • External soft play areas


Woodvale St. Christopher’s Special School, Longford Woodvale Construction Vimeo

Key Project Information
Architect McCarthy O'Hora Architects
Value €5.6m
Duration 20 months
Extra Information
Location Longford
Sectors Education