Irish Ambassador’s Residence in Lisbon


We are honoured to have supported the Government of Ireland with essential improvements to the official residence of the Ambassador in Lisbon. The 1950s villa was refurbished in the 1980s, again in 2007 and was in need of essential envelope repairs and interior safety-related improvements to meet current local and Irish standards. The project has been handed over in November 2018, on time and according to the planned budget.

VerdeOeste’s support to the Ambassador and technical colleagues in Dublin have included initial site surveys, evaluation of the existing information and records, management of technical inspections, implementation of immediate safety measures where required, sourcing of local and Irish-based consultants to develop dual-language designs and tender documents for open competitive tender.

VerdeOeste acted as Employers’ Representative, Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor to oversee the tendering and appointment of the building contract, through to the completion of the work and project closure.

The experience of working with VerdeOeste was a very positive one for the EmbassyVerdeOeste brought a vital blend of ‘can do’ and practical realism to our project.” 

– Ambassador Orla Tunney

Handover event in early 2019

Ambassador to Portugal and Morocco, Orla Tunney and her family moved back into the property in late 2018, and subsequently accommodated an official handover ceremony in January, with representatives of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish and Lisbon-based Technical teams present.

Irish Ambassador to Portugal & Morocco, Orla Tunney raising the national flag of the Republic of Ireland with VerdeOeste Managing Director, John Gilsenan

Irish Ambassador to Portugal & Morocco, Orla Tunney with the project team. From Left -Nuno Martins and John Gilsenan (VerdeOeste), Ambassador Orla Tunney, Brendan Cormican (Irish Department of Foreign Affairs), Joe Gorman (JA Gorman Engineers), Miguel Correia (Pascoal Monteiro Contractors)