Gerry Hynes – Registered RIAI Architect, Project Manager and Assigned Certifier
Gerry Hynes is a registered architect practising in Wicklow County since 2003. I have considerable experience in many areas within the architectural business. I have designed and administered eco-friendly and low energy houses, extensions, complete refurbishments, small offices and retail in many counties, including more recently, Wicklow, Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Roscommon.
I use up-to-date energy saving technology, materials and alternative renewable energy sources to achieve the best energy performance for each project, and in line with the client’s budgets.
I have vast experience in the building industry and recognise that an experienced architect has the ability and knowledge to provide more services for their clients above the normal architectural services.
All architects will be up-to-date with County Development Plans and Local Area Plans pertaining to a particular county. These Development Plans outline the Councils policies for each County and give guidance to planners and architects as to what, where and how to design according to their policy. I will also submit a pre‐planning application prior to doing any specific designs, in order to get feedback from the planner. This feedback does not always guarantee that the Council will give planning permission for the proposal.
I will arrange site specific meetings with the planners and show sketch proposals of his design ideas for the proposed project, especially if the pre‐planning information from the planner requires more specific information, or not clear.
A Project Manager manages small and large scale projects, even where there might be another architect involved and where the client would like an independent consultant to manage his or her affairs of specific design or construction elements during the construction period. The PM becomes an extension of the client on site and liaises directly with the client to keep them up to date with progress and the status of the project.
As an EIA Manager I know when an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required on a large or environmentally complex project. I liaise with the Local Authority to screen the project to see if an EIA is required. I can then agree the ‘Scoping’, or which impacts and issues to consider and finally arrange for the assessment document to be prepared accordingly.