Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy

Horgan Carroll Architects were delighted to have worked with Kenneth Hennessy Architects and Tipperary County Council on the recent application to fund a new ‘Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy’ building under the Project Ireland Urban Regeneration and Development Fund.

The new ‘Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy’ will serve as the main catalyst in the transformative urban regeneration of Nenagh Town centre. The project builds on over 20 years of partnership and collective leadership between Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Energy Agency, North Tipperary Development Company, Community Power and Limerick Institute of Technology.

It is envisaged that The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy will become the National destination of learning and education for sustainable energy technologies. The building, designed in partnership between Kenneth Hennessy Architects and Horgan Carroll Architects as a state of the art ‘demonstrator’ building, will host over 130 social and sustainable energy professionals and researchers, and will be act as a pilot centre for innovation in active and smart grid technology.

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy will also be the centrepiece and catalyst for the integrated regeneration of the Martyr’s Road Regeneration Quarter, on 10ha of underutilised town centre brownfield lands in the centre of Nenagh town to be re-developed by applying best practice principles in low carbon planning, with energy self-sufficient buildings, lifecycle housing and services, set within new parks and civic spaces.

The project will achieve transformative place-making through the innovative integration of spatial and energy planning, where architectural, planning and energy experts will provide continued support through the Centre of Excellence in the design and development of a new Low-Carbon Neighbourhood.

The Centre of Excellence building has been designed to provide a collaborative working environment for a number of public agencies involved in the delivery of training, research & development for future energy transition and is planned to be Ireland’s first carbon-neutral and energy positive building when completed. A feasibility study and wider masterplan was also prepared as part of the application for the Low Carbon Neighbourhood.

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Pre-Draft Stage Cork County Council Development Plan

We thought we would add to the discussion as part of the Pre-Draft Public Consultation stage of the new 2022-2028 Cork County Council Development Plan;

SAFE ROUTES

With the rise in popularity of cycling and walking and the decreasing dependency on cars, there is now greater importance on quality safe route design for all. This would encourage cycling and walking as a normal part of everyday life for all ages and abilities in Ireland, similar to other European countries.

With the current development of the East Cork Greenway between Midleton and Youghal, the area is now uniquely positioned to promote cycling and walking as a safe and healthy alternative.

In order to promote this modal shift, essential upgrades would be required to a number of key routes and junctions around the town of Midleton and its hinterland. This would facilitate the provision of safe access routes from all major residential developments to the town centre as well as all local educational & nearby leisure facilities.

RIVERSIDE LIVING

Riverside Way has the potential to provide a high quality residential, commercial and leisure environment to be enjoyed by all day and night.

With the area currently dominated by vehicular traffic and having limited local high-quality public amenity space for residents living and working locally, the Owenacurra riverside has the potential to provide an ideal counter balance and an opportunity to reconnect with the natural surroundings.

Now is the ideal time to examine this potential and provide a vibrant urban quarter as a green extension to the main street. With some simple public realm insertions including riverside dining stages, improved connectivity with priority given to the pedestrian & cyclist, this area can be transformed. This would enhance the quality of life of both local residents and the wider community, while reinvigorating and encouraging further development of this part of Midleton.

STREET LIFE

As a busy market town, the streets of Midleton have historically acted as a magnet for meeting, trading and social gatherings throughout the years. While providing routes for movement and services, the public realm must also reflect the town’s identity and character.

Recent uncompleted upgrade works to a portion of the main street public realm have enlivened a portion of the streetscape. This process of improvement could be added to with further public realm improvements and the addition of external dining pods that would add life and colour to the streets of the town.

Vacancy rates and sustainable residential accommodation above ground floor retail should also be addressed, which would bring life back into the town centre throughout the day. Midleton is ideally positioned to emulate towns such as Westport and Clonakilty, where with clear direction, planning and leadership, the town can become a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

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Planning GRANTED for Strategic Housing Development at Ballyvolane, Cork

Planning Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanála for a new strategic housing development for 753 residential units at Ballyvolane, Cork designed by Horgan Carroll Architects. The overall development will also consist of a local centre including retail units, a crèche, a doctor’s surgery and a community use unit. The proposed 753 no. residential units are comprised of the following:

  • 67 detached houses (31 no. 4-bed units and 36 no. 3-bed units)
  • 278 semi-detached houses (41 no. 4-bed units and 237 no. 3-bed units)
  • 186 terrace houses (18 no. 4-bed units, 96 no. 3-bed units and 72 no. 2-bed units)
  • 69 no. duplexes units (36 no. 3-bed units and 33 no. 2-bed units)
  • 153 no. apartments (6 no. studio apartments, 42 no. 1-bed apartments, 79 no. 2-bed apartments and 26 no. 3-bed apartments)

 

 

Strategic Housing Development – Planning lodged at Ballyvolane

Horgan Carroll Architects are delighted to have been involved in the design of proposed new housing at Ballyvolane, Cork. The planning application for a strategic housing development for 753 residential units was recently submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

The overall development, which is planned to be constructed in a series of phases (six neighbourhoods in total), will also consist of a local centre including retail units, a crèche, a doctor’s surgery and a community use unit. The proposed 753 no. residential units are comprised of the following:

  • 67 detached houses (31 no. 4-bed units and 36 no. 3-bed units)
  • 278 semi-detached houses (41 no. 4-bed units and 237 no. 3-bed units)
  • 186 terrace houses (18 no. 4-bed units, 96 no. 3-bed units and 72 no. 2-bed units)
  • 69 no. duplexes units (36 no. 3-bed units and 33 no. 2-bed units)
  • 153 no. apartments (6 no. studio apartments, 42 no. 1-bed apartments, 79 no. 2-bed apartments and 26 no. 3-bed apartments).

More detailed information can be found at www.longviewshd.ie

Sustainable Energy Awards 2016

Horgan Carroll Architects were included as Finalists in the 2016 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards. The entry was for designing the renovation of a derelict fire station in Midleton for use as a community resource centre and youth café, called ‘MY Place Midleton’. The “My Place” Board decided to transform the disused fire station on the main street into a vibrant youth centre. The facility is highly energy efficient, comfortable and welcoming  and there is a long-term goal for it to become self sufficient in energy.

http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Sustainable_Energy_Awards/Energy-Awards-Shortlist-2016/Energy-Awards-Finalists-2016.html

 

Copper meets Stone

Our recently completed extension to a contemporary farmhouse in County Cork. A palette of natural materials including copper, natural stone and hardwood providing a comfortable connection to the surrounding landscape.

Paul Matson and his colleagues at MMOS Engineers can take credit for what proved to be a challenging project from a structural design perspective.

Two wonderful clients with a great knowledge and appreciation of materials and detail can take a bow for their brave decision to pursue such a brave design approach and for their perseverance in seeing the build and fit out through to completion.

 

 

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