GEM was The Irish Film Institute’s first choice to expertly refurbish their existing premises in Dublin’s Temple Bar area. This project required exceptional care and planning to ensure that the existing heritage of the building (including the last remaining 70mm film projector in Ireland) remained fully protected.

The works in this Listed Building situated within a prominent Conservation area, involved a significant refurbishment of the existing finishes, including the delivery of ceilings and partitions, joinery, decoration, mechanical and electrical, and specialist acoustic doorsets. Secondary glazing was also installed to upgrade the existing windows, whilst leaving the existing timber sashes fully intact.

Essential fire safety works were completed during the works and excellent coordination was required to ensure that all fire and life safety systems remained fully operational, whilst not impacting on the Cinema showing times.

Commenting on the project, GEM Contracts Manager, Mark O’Gara said ‘This was one of the most satisfying projects which I have completed to date. To overcome the challenges provided by the day to day operation of the Cinema, along with the logistical problems associated with working within a pedestrianised location, proved most rewarding for me’

This refurbishment of the Cinema Studio’s and Hospitality areas will enable the Irish Film Institute to welcome many more ‘film buffs’ through it’s doors, ensuring their safety and comfort for years to come.