The Shelbourne Hotel
5 star luxury refurbishment of this landmark heritage Victorian property (built in 1867) for Kennedy Wilson, comprising of the restoration of the reception, all public areas & function rooms, all heritage suites & rooms and adjoining external spaces.
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Project Overview

Following their acquisition of the landmark Shelbourne Hotel in 2014, new owners Kennedy Wilson, embarked on an ambitious series of targeted renovations and upgrades to the building to enhance the 5-star offering to guests and bring the hotel up to current quality, energy, and sustainability standards.

We were appointed to provide the 5-star luxury refurbishment of this landmark heritage Victorian property (built in 1867) ensuring that this near 200-year-old institution was returned to its former glory as the ‘Grand Dame on the Green’.

The project comprised the restoration of the reception area, all public areas and function rooms, heritage suites, rooms and corridors, adjoining external spaces, and the historic ‘Grand Staircase’. We were also responsible for the installation of a specially commissioned stained-glass series of windows reflecting the hotel’s place in Irish history with a dedicated pane for each of the 32 county crests.

Additionally, there was an extensive renovation of a previously unused terrace and adjoining internal space to create a new internal bar and external function area, a full refurbishment of all meeting rooms including the Constitution Suite and the Adam and Deirdre Suite. We also installed a new commercial kitchen and an ancillary storage building on a disused external courtyard.

Works included an extensive renovation and refurbishment of the main hotel entrance and reception, the Lord Mayor’s Lounge, the main ballroom and pre-function suites, along with upgrades to many of the building’s services including replacement of all heating and hot water boilers, installation of a replacement chilled water system on the roof, upgrades and replacements to the ventilation systems, a new BMS system, and replacement of the fire alarm system.

All works were carried out on a phased basis ensuring no disruption to hotel operations and without any impact on the guests’ experience.

Key Features

  • 5-star upgrade of the 19th Century historic front block to include:
    • 37 suites and park view rooms
    • Refurbishment of the six-storey historic central 'Grand Staircase'
    • Renovation of internal space to create a bespoke residents bar and outdoor dining terrace
    • Renovation of the Lord Mayor's Lounge and redecoration of the historic first floor meeting rooms including the Constitution Room
    • Refurbishment of the Great Room, a ballroom and auditorium, and pre-function rooms
    • Refurbishment of public corridors to the bedroom floors
  • Turnkey FF&E package
  • 2020 Irish Construction Excellence Awards – Overall Project of the Year
Kennedy Wilson
Project Team
Kennedy Wilson
Alistair Lindsay (Conservation Architect)
Quantity Surveyor:
Scollard Doyle
Structural Engineer:
Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers
M&E Consultant:
Noel Larkin & Associate
Project Details
Contract Value:
€24 Million
Floor Area:
24 months