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Table of Contents Introduction..................................... 2 Location .......................................... 6 Urban Design ...................................8 Design Statement ..........................

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Architectural Drawings...................

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Design Review ...............................

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Project Delivery .............................. 30

Project Team

Services & Environmental Design....

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Structural Design ........................... 36 Lighting Design.............................. 38 Project Summary .............................40 Team Profiles.................................. 42 Consultants Library Consultant: Dr. Michael Dewe Lighting Consultant: Pritchard Themis

Commercial Proposal .......

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1930 facade of 57-58 Grand Parade

Recent interior view of the existing library.

INTR ODUCTION “Join a library, any library, and the world is your oyster” Noel O’Shaughnessy

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INTR ODUCTION

INTRODUCTION Ascon Property Developments Ltd (APDL) are pleased to offer accommodation on their site at Sullivans Quay – currently occupied by the

“Every so often there emerges the opportunity to create a building of excellence, inherent in its functional brief, in a landmark city location”

Revenue Commissioners, for the proposed new Central Library. Every so often there emerges the opportunity to create a building

The outline Development Programme as shown on page 31 –

of excellence, inherent in its functional brief, in a landmark city

demonstrates the seamless delivery of the project from initial

location. The briefing document for a New Central Library for Cork

bid stage through a period of intense concept development,

is such an opportunity.

through planning and final design, with final project delivery in October 2009.

From Alexandria to New York to Copenhagen, cities and their

Councils aim of securing a building displaying high quality, contemporary and innovative architectural design

led by Architects Scott Tallon Walker to inspire and deliver the

city life outside.

highly creative solution in this proposal which precisely meets the requirements of Cork City Council as outlined in the brief of March 2006.

with the pressing need for a new Central Library, affords an

THE CLIENTS BRIEF

2. The proposal that is deemed to be the most economically advantageous to Cork City Council. 3. The location proposed, both the location of the entire development and the location of the Central Library within the development.

The possibility of replacing the generally negatively perceived ‘Government Buildings’ with one of architectural quality for public use merits the most serious consideration.

■ Freehold Building of 5,000m2 net on Grand Parade or in the vicinity of Grand Parade. ■ Central Library which is a civic building appropriate to the

The New Library will be a prominent part of ‘The Library Quarter’ - a mixed Town Centre Development of library, office, retail and residential units designed to fit comfortably into the surrounding

historic city of Cork ■ Building of high architectural merit taking account of the

With extensive design and build experience the team are ideally suited to develop the concept from preferred developer stage and to work closely with the City Council and Library to deliver a building that will be a significant addition to the quality of the city’s architecture.

best in contemporary library design

streets giving prominence to the new library and opening up an

■ High Profile on the street

entire area of the city south of the river.

■ Building with own identity with clearly identifiable entrances from the street

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learning and, moreover, refuge from the hustle and bustle of

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APDL has assembled a design and build team of the highest calibre

exceptional opportunity to resolve so many issues in one solution.

1. The degree to which the proposal achieves Cork City

that respects its context and sense of place.

peoples are often judged by their libraries, places of solace,

The timing of the availability of the site at Sullivans Quay, together

EVALUATION CRITERIA

■ Environmental design

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THE PROPOSAL APDL and its design team have prepared a proposal that satisfies all aspects of the brief providing a building of superb architectural merit on a highly visible and prominent location in the City Centre. The quality of the proposed location combined with the brief for the new library offers a most exciting opportunity to considerably enhance the heart of Cork City and should the APDL submission be successful the design team would welcome the opportunity to collaborate closely with the City Librarian, Cork City Council Officials and City Architects Department. A benchmarking study of a number of recently completed public libraries would be desirable to learn what they have done and more importantly what they would not do and then following this review, a scheme design would emerge which would provide Cork with a world class library of the highest architectural quality.

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▲ Perspective drawing of the inviting ‘library street’ entrance and featuring the multi-purpose recital room.

THE SITE The city of Cork, like most cities, owes its origins to the river and

with floor to ceiling heights of c.4m required for the new library

solution that is yet flexible enough to provide exciting public

uniquely in Cork the separation of the River Lee into its North

will be difficult to achieve on Grand Parade without disturbing the

spaces, enveloped in a light and transparent north facing façade,

and South channels has shaped its development. Rarely does a site

existing character of the streetscape.

our approach has been to create a building that is clearly in the ownership of the people of Cork.

emerge on the riverside to enable a new landmark be created. Patrick Street and the Grand Parade are traditionally recognised

Building on the existing site was considered by the team but

as the central spine of the city. The visual ends of this spine should

the difficulty of achieving the required volume without seriously

By stacking the main volumes of the brief over three double

be marked with structures to define their significance. Patrick’s

compromising established heights in the location combined with

height floors, dramatically expressing the recital room as a hanging

Bridge is one such structure and the Grand Parade now has the

the inconvenience and risk to the library service in a temporary

volume, creating two blocks linked with glazed bridges, the move-

possibility of a building to mark the end of the spine of the city at

relocation made this solution considerably less attractive. Neither

ment of people and their enjoyment of the facility is celebrated.

the South Channel.

was the existing site considered to have the same prominence and

Cutting across traditional institutional limits, we create a vibrant

significance of the Sullivans Quay site.

meeting place where activities would overlap in flexible, well serviced spaces - a place for people of all ages young and old.

THE ALTERNATIVES (EXISTING SITE) The urban grain which contributes to the character of Grand

DESIGN APPROACH

Parade is relatively narrow plots with the exception of the existing

A 21st century city library must be a clear expression of modernity,

Library and Capital cinema. To meet the brief by providing up to

flexibility of use, and centre of information, developed with sustain-

6,500m2

able design concerns. Adapting a clear and economical structural

gross floor area on a site with footprint of

c.2,000m2

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â–˛ Perspective drawing of proposed new boardwalk and Central Library.

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■ It is envisaged that the planned city board walk to the river at the end of the South Mall/Grand Parade will be extended by means of a quality pedestrian bridge to the main front entrance

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of the library.

he site located as it is at the on the southern channel

The Sullivan Quay site is not on Grand Parade but is certainly in

of the river, forms a natural end to the vista of the

the vicinity and highly visible from Grand Parade. The existing

grand parade. It is one of the most highly visible sites

development on the site comprises 5 floors of offices on Sullivan

in the city centre and ideally suited as the location for the New

Quay with an 8 storey block on Meade Street, setback off the

Central Library.

riverfront with two prominent lift / staircores rising to 9 storeys. The urban grain which contributes to the character of Grand Parade is relatively narrow plots with the exception of the existing library and Capital cinema. To provide the approx. 2,000 sq.m floor Proposed Site Location

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▲ Proposed new site location in very close proximity to the Grand Parade.

Grand Parade without disturbing.

■ Surrounded by streets on all sides and fronting on to the river the ‘Library Quarter’ will become a key landmark and meeting place in the city. ■ It is contemplated that the new landscaping of the Grand Parade would be extended across the river to include a new pedestrian priority zone in front of the ‘Library Quarter’.

Among its many attributes are:

Other key advantages include:

■ It occupies a very prominent highly visible position at the end

■ its main elevation is North facing and its predominantly glazed

of Grand Parade/South Mall and is the ideal position for a civic

façade poses none of the usual difficulties such as solar gain,

building of high Architectural merit.

glare, and other detrimental affects of direct sunlight which are so difficult to manage in a library environment.

▲ Sketch of development in context of Grand Parade.

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▲ Elevational treatment of the proposed new ‘Library Building’.

“It is hoped to create an urban regeneration between the historic areas of Cove Street, and beyond, by linking the old and important fabric of the city with the new”

The Sullivan Quay 60 x 80m plot size is in our opinion the only site

In addition to the site’s Grand Parade prominence it also has high

that can accommodate the library in the vicinity of Grand Parade,

visibility with good distance views from South Mall, Father Mathew

that also provides the prominence and setting the building

‘s Quay and Proby’s Quay. The proposed South Mall/Grand Parade

demands.

boardwalk and new landscaped public space is directly opposite the site and offers a unique opportunity to interact with the library.

The proposed South Mall/Grand Parade boardwalk and new landscaped public space is directly opposite the site and offers a unique opportunity to interact with the library.

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Cork County Hall. Main Contractor: Ascon

New Terminal Building, Cork Airport. Main Contractor: Ascon

Lapps Quay Development. Architects: Scott Tallon Walker.

URBAN DESIGN “Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement,is interest.� Lady Bird Johnson

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ork City Council has recognised the need to improve the quality of the Public Realm environment and has successfully executed the urban design of Beth Gali

on both Patrick Street and Oliver Plunket Street. Further works are currently under way on Grand Parade to establish the priority of pedestrians with a new linear plaza to the western side of the parade. It is understood that this will terminate in a new boardwalk to the South Channel of the Lee, combining views of St. Finbar’s, with the soothing sound of the fast flowing river. The new ‘Library Quarter’ development, with the library as its

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▲ Urban design study of proposed site.

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The existing building to Sullivans Quay is set back from the build-

new and exciting network for people to move through the city.

ing line. We propose to reinstate the building line, giving more

A hierarchy of public spaces are set out along this new covered

prominence to the boardwalk on the south bank. Sullivans Quay

street, with library concourse, courtyard garden, retail mall leading

will be set out in the a matching pattern to Grand Parade to rein-

to Cove street.

force this link.

This new network will, we hope, act as a catalyst to create urban

Our proposed design with landmark street and dramatic floating

regeneration to the historic areas of Cove Street, and beyond,

theatre will be seen from afar and assist in easy navigation, identity

linking the old and important fabric of the city with the new.

and legibility of the city.

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▲ View of the Beth Gali urban scheme currently being applied to Grand Parade.

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of the brief providing a building of superb architectural merit on a highly

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”The proposed design with ‘library street’ and dramatic floating theatre, will be visible from afar and assist in

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Eircom Network Management Centre. Architects: Scott Tallon Walker

Fingal Fingal Country Country Council. Council. Architects: Architects: Scott Scott Tallon Tallon Walker Walker

Eircom Network Management Centre. Architects: Scott Tallon Walker

D E S I G N S TAT E M E N T “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” René Descartes

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he design approach is informed by our Urban Design Study of the site, which wishes to maximise the opportunity to interact with the new boardwalk and South

Mall Grand Parade landscaping, and also the benefits to be gained by providing a pedestrian route through the site.

existing excessive scale maintaining heights appropriate to

▲ Concept sketch of north elevation.

the new Central Library requires.

The pedestrian route is clearly expressed on the elevation by form▲ View from north bank.

ing a 9 metre wide cut dividing the library into two unequal blocks of a 3 to 2 classical proportion, the larger being on the eastern side and the smaller on the western side. As the library enjoys the entire riverfront this route provides inviting access, across a sunken

between the columns and minimum thickness floor slabs with an

garden courtyard to the mixed use element of the proposal which

outer glazed wall forming a double skin which will allow the build-

is located behind the library on Cove Street.

▲ Concept sketch of entrance concourse.

through louvers and exhausting at roof level providing natural

The brief expresses the importance of attracting children to enter

ventilation to each floor through opening vents. The outer skin will

the library and this is achieved by locating the children’s library at

provide an acoustic barrier to reduce the traffic noise to acceptable

ground level with an entrance directly off the covered pedestrian

levels for the library use. The clear glass inner and outer skin

route, which itself forms an external gathering space and

will have minimum sized mullions and transoms at wide centres

public seating for a café. Ample glazing allows supervision of the

to ensure the building has maximum transparency and daylight

childrens area from the public café, and main concourse.

A 9 meter square grid is adopted as a spatial organiser, providing

penetration so that all levels are highly visible to interact with the

an economical wide span solution for the main library spaces.

public. The timber clad Lecture Theatre penetrates the skin over

Those elements of the building in regular use outside normal library

Elegant precast 3 x 9 m concrete coffer slab construction are used

the entrances and will be a strong solid focal point , seen from a

opening hours are accessed off the route on the opposite side to

as part of our lighting proposal, while also providing a heat sink,

distance, contrasting with the generally transparent external

the children’s entrance and are all contained in the 2 bay block.

facilitating a stable environmental design. Raised access flooring is

appearance.

This is linked to the larger block by glazed bridges at each level.

provided for maximum flexibility of IT fitout.

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Daytime activities at concourse level such as Book Shop can be

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easily secured, to allow the concourse act as night time foyer to

The required 4m internal heights in all open plan library areas is

stair and the reception desk for each activity and will therefore pri-

the recital space above. This design solution not only provides

increased to approximately 5.2 m at First floor level to allow a more

marily be for use by the public. The eastern core adjoins the Drinan

prominence for the library, but allows the public experience a most

dramatic recital space and the introduction of a mezzanine level

Street service bay will therefore be used by staff.

exciting and inviting sequence of spaces.

to accommodate the music listening and practice parts of the brief.

The proposal achieves the outline briefs optimum outcome, with the entrance/concourse and Children’s and Young People at ground

The mezzanine levels are accessed by the public accommodation stair, escape stairs and lifts.

The lower ground floor includes excess area which may be used for expansion, additional stack storage or any other requirements such as acquisitions, catalogues etc.

floor level, Culture and the Imagination at first floor level and

The balance of the commercial development comprises a separate

Information and Learning at second floor level. Stacks, storage,

building to Cove Street, with retail space at ground and lower

services, administration, staff development and staff facilities are

ground levels, offices in upper floors and penthouse apartments at

provided at a lower ground floor level where natural light is

the top level. There are three vertical escape stair cores serving all

provided by setting back the ground floor slab on the riverfront

levels. The western core adjoins an open public accommodation

elevation and by a courtyard between the library and the commercial development which is at lower ground floor level and provides

A car park at lower basement level will provide c.120 car spaces for the development. A number of these can be allocated for library use if required.

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DESIGN RE VIE W by Dr. Michael Dewe, Library Consultant

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his consultant’s report has been written to review the scheme proposed by Ascon Property Developments and developed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects for a

new Cork Central Library. As well as offering a brief description of

“It will come to signify the new dynamic hub of the library service, as well as being a major city centre attraction”

make for a stimulating, modern and distinctive major library build-

public space and the proximity of the old library, the new building

and bridge. As well as creating a distinctive feature of the building,

ing for the City of Cork. It will also demonstrate that the new

will have an unrivalled setting.

the Library Street helps to simplify the library’s external appearance

library will engage and appeal to Cork’s citizens and visitors gener-

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and the overall mass of the structure by dividing it in two blocks.

ally, as well as appealing particularly to library users and potential

Like the award-winning Jubilee Library opened in 2005 in Brighton

Seen from one external direction the courtyard garden and bridge

users, as well as staff.

(UK), the new Cork Central Library is part of a development that

create a smaller, distinctive and green feature in their own right.

includes retail and residential accommodation. The library’s location thus benefits from the footfall of shoppers and residents and from the associated parking provision. It is a location that is bound to considerably increase library loans and use once this

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the scheme, it brings out those features of the design solution that

inviting building is open to the public.

THE LIBRARY EXTERIOR: MAKING CONNECTIONS The library’s imposing glass façade puts many of it services and architectural features on view to passers-by, particularly those on

LOCATION: MEET OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY Facing north and occupying part of an island site, the proposed new Cork Central Library will be seen as a landmark building at the city’s heart. Enhanced by views of the River Lee, the landscaped

foot with time and opportunity to appreciate them. The library’s structural transparency almost makes the contents of the building part of the external urban landscape. The glass fronted building is divided and linked by the Library Street which, as well as clearly signalling the entrance to the library also provides a route to the retail area via an attractive garden courtyard

Like the Jubilee Library, the proposed Cork Central Library is a sizeable, yet open and welcoming, building, with a characteristic 21st century face. It will come to signify the new dynamic hub of the library service, as well as being a major city centre attraction.

THE LIBRARY INTERIOR: MOVEMENT, LIGHT & DELIGHT The wide Library Street gives access to the interior of the building with views of public art and greenery in the distance. The bridge at the end of the Street takes people into the retail part of the site and down into the garden area, if they so wish. On entering the Library Street, the visitor cannot fail to be inspired by the void at its front, the sight of the Library Bridges above crossing the Library Street below, the openness and visibility of the main concourse, views into the Children and Young People’s Department

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and, in particular the walls of the multi-purpose recital space,

(b) Ground Floor: Welcome, Showcase & Meeting Place

whose curved bulk appears to be almost suspended in space. Movement through the library is well provided for by two sets of stairs and lifts situated in cores in two corners of each level. The stairs rising from the main concourse area are also a highly visible feature of the interior design at this level. At the upper levels of

This floor gives expression to the second ‘subject’ themed

access to the easily seen main concourse. Reception, security

part of the central library – Information and Learning. The

and book issue/return (which may include self-service points)

main block of space on this floor houses adult non-fiction

are conveniently located here at a counter which location

material for reference and loan in the fields of the social

does not create an off-putting barrier to would-be readers.

sciences, science and technology and history, and so on, as

To the right of the main entrance is the library’s welcome and

two blocks of library space.

meeting space with shop, café and Internet facilities that provides an opportunity for people to meet, to send e-mails, read a newspaper, have a coffee or buy from the library shop.

including the mezzanine floor.

All of this creates a wonderful place for locals, visitors and

The interior of this library will result in many an expression of

tourists and conveys a lively and technological impression of

‘wow’, as visitors enter the building, as they make their way round

the library and its work.

it and gradually appreciate its architectural delights and unexpect-

The children and young people’s department is situated to the

ed interior views.

left of the Library Street with its own entrance and staff desk. This highly visible and accessible location emphasises the importance of this service in attracting and keeping the library

different in layout to the floor below with its centrally placed semi-circular staff desk. In addition to facilities for staff and shelving for stock, it too provides space and seating for reference, study, computer use and reading. The emphasis on this floor is on lifelong learning and information provision. Linked by a bridge, the smaller block of space accommodates the Local Studies collection. It offers a variety of facilities for research, study, microform and computer use, with some local studies material conveniently housed on this floor in compact shelving and in a controlled climate.

users the future.

This floor houses the multi-purpose space and associated

‘A SPACE OPEN TO ALL AND USED BY ALL’

facilities in one block of space. A bridge provides a link to the

Scott Tallon Walker’s scheme for the new Cork Central Library has

main space, which accommodates Culture and Imagination

created a functional building with large flexible spaces – there are

stock and services: adult fiction, literature and the arts, study,

few internal columns – that is user-friendly in its appearance and

computer and reading places, and exhibition space. Staff

organization. The building is not imposing or formal in character

environment, and with some space for future stack

office and workroom accommodation is made available to

and is easily accessible to all. It will be a high profile building

expansion.

the left of the entrance to this ‘subject’ themed floor.

as regards both its location and architectural quality.

Lower Ground Floor: The ‘Engine Room’ The lower ground has been used to neatly accommodate: – Library staff – grouped in rooms with views out to the garden and fountains – as well as staff facilities. – Stacks, with local studies material housed in a controlled

– Deliveries can be brought down from the ground floor delivery area above. The design provides an elegant sunken garden and southerly aspect, so that staff offices at this level can enjoy natural light and ventilation.

(d) First Floor Mezzanine: Sound / Vision & Music-making

The proposed new Cork Central Library will be a building that

The Culture and Imagination theme of the first floor is added

demands use, inspires admiration and will be a vibrant and success-

to by placing part of the music library, with the emphasis here

ful addition to the City of Cork. It is a building in which the City

on sound and vision, CDs, DVDs, etc on a mezzanine above

Council will take justifiable pride both as a structure and for the

it. Accessible only from the floor below is the smaller area on

social, educational and cultural roles that it fulfils. It will be both

this mezzanine level that houses music practice rooms and

edifice and interface for Cork’s citizens in this technological age,

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a worthy addition to a city designated European Capital of Culture

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Second Floor: Information, Learning and Local Studies

To the right of the Library Street, the main entrance provides

the library the Library Bridges join and provide access across the

As requested in the brief, toilet facilities are provided on each level,

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suppliers and sub-contractors, and detailed local knowledge, ensuring that the project will be advanced promptly to programme. Rohcon’s team will work in close co-operation with the design

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Following success in the Design & Build competition to relocate. The Revenue Commissioners, Ascon Property Developments Ltd

The direct relationship between the design and construction teams

(APDL) is in a position to offer the prime site at Sullivans Quay

allows for a high level of interaction and supervision which will

currently occupied by Revenue, as the new home for the Cork City

yield substantial benefits in terms of quality control, prompt prob-

Library.

lem solving, flexibility in satisfying the clients requirements and full compliance with schedules and deadlines.

The New Library will be a prominent part of ‘The Library Quarter’ - a mixed Town Centre Development of library, office, retail and residential units designed to fit comfortably but prominently into

FINANCE

the surrounding streets and to open up an entire area of the city

Ascon can call on the financial resources of a major international

south of the river.

construction group involved in similar projects throughout Ireland and Europe. The finance to deliver this project is already in place.

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THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

APDL has assembled a Design & Build team of the highest calibre

The outline Development Programme shown on page 31 – outlines

SAFETY

led by Architects Scott Tallon Walker to inspire and deliver the

the seamless delivery of the project from initial bid stage through

APDL's accredited Safety Management System will be fully applied

highly creative solution in this proposal.

a period of intense concept development through planning and

to this project. APDL will act as Project Supervisor Construction

final design with final project delivery in Oct 2009.

Stage (PSCS). STW will act as Project Supervisor Design Stage

With extensive Design & Build experience, the team are ideally

(PSDS). Rohcon operates a Safety Management System (SMS),

suited to develop the concept from preferred developer stage and

which is audited annually to the Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

to work very closely with the City Council and Library, to deliver a

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Standard. APDL is the only construction company in Ireland to

building that will be a significant addition to the architecture of

APDL has in place a strong management team to ensure success-

hold Level 7 Certification from DNV. This accreditation places APDL

the city.

ful project delivery. Group building division Rohcon’s Cork based

among world leaders in safety loss control management.

staff will form the core team for the construction phase of the project. They will bring well established relationships with local

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QUALITY The Ascon group has a proven trade record for quality in construction. It has recently completed prestigious projects in the Cork area including Cork City Court House Refurbishment, County Hall Expansion and Refurbishment and Cork Airport Terminal. The facility of having all the resources internally to deliver this proposed New City Library at the ‘Library Quarter’ Sullivan’s Quay is a major advantage. The expertise available within the group has already

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been utilised to guide a design solution which is deliverable in the site conditions of the centre of the city.

calibre led by Architects Scott Tallon Walker to inspire and deliver the highly creative solution in this proposal”

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CONCEPT The design team is committed to providing a low energy solution utilising the latest concepts in sustainable design including natural ventilation, optimum use of day light, alternate energy sources, solar heating, etc controlled by a computerised building management system. A unique feature of this building will be the

PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUILDING To promote public awareness of sustainable design it is proposed to adopt concepts such as geothermal heat exchangers, light shelves, building management system, use of greywater, zero carbon emissions, timber pellet boiler, natural ventilation, etc. To emphasise the importance of sustainable design in buildings it is intended to locate service equipment, where possible, in spaces prominently visible from the public areas

use of exposed quality

We would propose to reflect the leadership in environmental edu-

finished concrete, to be

cation shown by Cork City Council in projects like the Lifetime Lab,

a heat sink moderating

by installing graphic displays prominently in the Children’s Library.

▲ A working schematic of the Lee Aquafer.

the temperature of the building.

These graphic displays will show the environmentally friendly

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

aspects of the building. This will promote the library as an environeffect in January 2006, Part L of the Irish building regulations will

Geo-Thermal Cooling Combined with Grey Water System

be revised to accommodate the requirements of the EU directive,

A bore hole water cooling system shall be located in the sub-base-

and a draft has been in circulation for some months and is due for

ment and shall extract water as required from an underground

publication during the summer.

aquifer which runs parallel to the river, under the building. This

The EU Directive on energy performance of buildings came into

mentally friendly building and a place of learning.

constant supply of cool water will provide the necessary comfort conditions in the building.

The proposed mechanical and electrical systems for this project have been selected to meet or exceed these requirements.

Grey Water Return water from the heat exchangers will be stored for use as “grey water” for urinal and WC flushing, significanltly reducing the requirement for potable water. ▲ Lifetime Lab: Interactive Learning. Waterworks Lee Road.

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ACOUSTICS Significant input is being given in the Architectural treatment of the building to ensure suitable acoustic insulation between the spaces. The mechanical and electrical systems are designed to enhance this approach. Noise pollution from the busy street on the north of the building will be eliminated by maintaining the

Night Time Cooling of Slab

electrically operated windows closed on the north façade during

The mechanical ventilation system is a positive displacement system with no fan or motor sound getting to the working spaces.

MECHANICAL VENTILATION Some mechanical ventilation will be provided to ensure fresh air to areas adjacent to the north façade when the natural ventilation is ▲ Caption to come...

Air Supply

Air Supply

closed for acoustic reasons. This mechanical ventilation will be a variable air volume under floor displacement providing fresh air requirements. The air handling units shall be

▲ Natural ventilation cooling the concrete structure.

NATURAL VENTILATION The external nature of this building will have significant areas of double skin glass wall The internal wall is a double glazed curtain wall with electrically actuated windows. The external wall is separated by c. 600mm from the internal and is fixed glazing.

provided with high efficiency The windows in the north façade will remain closed during daytime to ensure maximum acoustic insulation. During warm weather they will open at night allowing cool night air into the building

heat recovery wheels. During the

▲ AHU with Heat Recovery

heating season 100% fresh air will be heated from energy recovered from stale exhaust air. The heat recovery is in excess of 80% efficient.

This cool air will cool the exposed mass of concrete overnight. The thermal mass of this concrete will then slow down the rise in temperature during the following day, allowing the geothermal

The basement car park will be mechanically ventilated to requirements as set out in the Building Regulations Part B.

cooling have maximum effect. The space between these glass ‘curtains’ acts as a chimney which is used to naturally ventilate the building.

Opening of windows during night time does not affect the security

CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS

of the library as the outer glazing is fixed.

A number of areas have been designated controlled environments.

The building is controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS) which controls the opening and closing of the windows in the inner wall.

The south façade of the building which is not exposed to the same traffic noise as the north façade will have windows opening during daytime as well as night on warm days, thus reducing the need for mechanical ventilation in this area.

Theses areas will be designed with air conditioning units to the appropriate temperature and humidity. The systems shall be

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the busy daytime.

designed to meet the environmental requirements as per BS5454 2000 “Recommendations for the Storage and Exhibition of Archival Documents.”

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SOLAR WATER HEATING An option of including solar panels on the roof has been included. These would be used to pre-heat domestic hot

External lighting shall be designed to complement the visual

LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS

impact of this landmark building while minimising the light pollu-

The library shall be provided with a fully

tion wasted to the night sky. Internal lighting shall be provided

integrated life safety system, providing

to facilitate the function of the library, while creating a positive

the highest level of safety for the public.

ambience.

The system will incorporate fire detection,

water. The panel will provide

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up to 70% of the annual hot water energy requirements.

gas detection, voice evacuation, disabled alarms, proven to be the most effective

HEATING

method of monitoring a high occupancy public building and safely

A number of primary heating solutions have been considered for

controlling emergency situations.

this building: gas, oil, Bio fuels, Geothermal.

LIGHTING

The voice evacuation system can also be used as a

Natural Daylight will be used as the primary means of lighting the

standard PA system during normal times, allowing

building. Light shelves will be utilised to bring light deeper into the

public announcements through the building, pro-

plan of the building. Artificial lighting must however be provided

viding background music in the Rory Gallagher

to cater for times when adequate daylight is not available and the

library, while simultaneously transmitting White

lighting design will be optimised to reduce energy usage.

Noise in the rest of the facility to minimise the effect Wood Pellets

Wood Chips

of outside noise pollution.

A day lighting/occupancy lighting control system is proposed for the Library. This system will automatically switch off when daylight

The chosen solution is an automatic wood boiler which will use

is available and/or when no personnel are present in an area of

locally produced fuel (wood pellets or chips).

SECURITY The proposed facility will be provided with a security system

the building. This will result in a highly sustainable heating system with zero

designed to provide out-of-hours intruder detection, access control

carbon emissions.

to sensitive locations and non-obtrusive CCTV monitoring of areas

The fuel will be stored in a bunker in the basement of the building, with off-street delivery of the fuel. The expected frequency of delivery is two per month during the peak heating season.

which pose a risk to the public and to the library assets.

This boiler will provide heat to a combination of under floor, radiant and perimeter heating systems. A combination of under floor, radiant and perimeter heating will be employed to heat the building. â–˛ Pellet Boiler.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY The proposed facility shall have the highest standard of IT systems to allow for the best possible access of on-line information and resource material. A substantial number of public internet access points will be all of the libraries resources from a range of different formats including video, audio, and microfilm and digital records.

The seminar arena, all the main meeting rooms and the exhibition spaces will be fitted out with integrated audio-visual systems to allow for presentations, public lectures, documentary screenings and general information displays. The facility will be designed to utilise the superb on-line library card & library catalogue systems currently employed by the Cork City Library. Wall mounted, touch-screen computers will be used to allow for quick access to these, while minimising space take. The IT system will be future proofed by allowing 100% spare capacity on the cable way system to allow future installation of

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provided, as well as facilities for specialist research groups to access

advanced cable systems.

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

4.0 SUBSTRUCTURE

The proposed Library building on O’Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, will con-

Internal columns will be brought down to the basement floor level

sist of three primary levels above street and two basement levels,

and supported on thickened areas of the basement floor slab.

the lower containing car parking and the upper area service and

Ground anchors will be provided to relieve uplift pressures until

storage. Mezzanine floors will also be provided in certain areas.

such time as construction has been completed. Jointing will be minimised, and all joints will be fully sealed to prevent water ingress.

2.0 LOADING The Library accommodation will be designed to be as flexible as possible and, accordingly, all floors will be designed for a minimum load of 5 kN/sq.m, which will accommodate open access book

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shelving, office and research areas, including allowances for partition walls, and general assembly or exhibition areas.

▲ Structural System

There are a number of specialist areas such as dense book stacks

The concrete structure will be exposed to ensure that the building

and plant rooms, for example, which will be designed for 10

has significant thermal mass, and it is proposed to use concrete

kN/sq.m and 7.5 kN/sq.m respectively. Remaining areas such as

based on GGBS Cement, both to improve the quality of the surface

general service cores will be designed to accommodate the floor

finish, and to reduce CO2 production and energy consumption

loadings specified in BS 6399.

during its manufacture.

The perimeter wall of the basement will be constructed to provide both temporary support during construction, and also function as

Overall stability of the building is provided through the use of

3.0 SUPERSTRUCTURE

service cores and stairwells, together with shear walls and braced

The primary structure of the building consists of a reinforced concrete

panels.

frame, with precast floor panels incorporating drop beams spanning between the main gridlines. The underside of the precast

Secondary structures within the building, for example, the various

floor units is curved in two directions to assist with the acoustic

bridges, will utilise composite systems of exposed timber and

and lighting performance of the building.

steelwork.

a cut-off to permit dewatering of the site. Permanent accommodation within the basement area will include a drained cavity wall to guarantee water-tightness. Ventilation openings and the main car park access will be constructed above predicted flood levels, including an allowance for future rises in these levels.

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▲ Typical coffered ceiling

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▲ Structural Concept.

the need to provide support to adjacent buildings and services in

Both foul and surface water drainage will be connected to the public drainage network in the street outside the building. Drainage

In certain locations, transfer beams are required to allow the

from the basement level will be pumped where necessary to street

column grid to accommodate car parking requirements at the

level.

lower basement level. In these instances, the void provided by the false floor at the level above will be used so that the beams do not present an undue intrusion into the headspace.

▲ Multi-purpose space - structural concept.

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COFFER LIGHTING

type of solution, luminaires are

Occluded Continuous Source

contained within the column line,

Another method, and perhaps more discreet, might be to use a

spaced every 9 metres, limiting the

continuous linear system, such as cold cathode or fluorescent,

visual clutter.

positioned either within a basket slung underneath the beam or

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The building has varied functions and as such the lighting will need

otherwise set into a cast recess in the side of the coffer. Light will

to provide for a various number of solutions. Within the library

Levels of 500 lux should be achiev-

then illuminate into the coffer, picking up the level variations in the

reading areas we would be looking to provide 500 lux as main-

able from such a system, with variance of colour temperature and

structure. A central track point could then be incorporated

tained illuminance, whilst in reception or more open spaces levels

dimmability linked to daylight levels and time of day.

between the coffers to provide more intensity and highlights where

may be down at 150-300 lux. Likewise, 500 lux on the working

required.

surface cannot be achieved directly by the same lighting needed

Multipurpose Pendant

to support a measure of 200 lux at the bottom bookshelves of the

A pendant unit could also be used within the coffers to provide

stacks - the recommended levels.

both the uplighting effect as well as the specific task lighting where required. The suspended unit could be a circular unit with uplight

At the same time, however, we would want to ensure there is a

component and spotlights incorporated within, which might be a

unity and a certain homogeneity in presentation of the building as

softer shape than the linear raft. The carriage could be solely an

a whole; The pre-cast coffers present the clearest opportunity for

uplight or it could be made to glow.

provide for a certain amount of variation. A number of possible options for this treatment are as follows:

A linear system requires no reflector and is relatively low-tech, whilst still

Long Perimeter Projection

allowing for variation in colour temperatures that will make the

Within the coffered ceiling areas we might look at introducing an

space seem warm and enclosed by night and cooler and brighter

assymetric fitting using high output fluorescent to light across the

by day.

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STREET ZONES

MULTI-PURPOSE MODULE

Additional lighting at desk level will provide a human scale for

The street zone will read well by

To the side of the street, the performance module hangs in the

visitors to the space whilst also providing a final layer of intensity

day with plenty of natural light

space and dominates the large main hall. Its uncompromising

and warmth. Desk lighting also offers people the opportunity to

pouring into the space. By night

shape enhances the size of the building, intimating that the build-

control the light environment with localised switching.

this area will want to feel more like

ing has the luxury of being able to accommodate such a volume.

a transition zone from the darker exterior into the well-lit library spaces. The lighting should help the street to read as a cooler, quieter zone, but one where there is still a certain dynamism and excitement to draw people in. In many cases the bridges across the route might lend themselves as lighting structures, in other areas, the ambient lighting might be provided from lower level, such as with the controlled use of bollards.

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LIBRARY STACKS There are specific requirements for book stack zones, of a measure of 200 lux on the bottom shelf. This will require a stand alone solution, perhaps mounted to the shelf tops or otherwise spanning the area between them to ensure a good vertical The structure offers unique opportunities for interactive and kinetic

the books.

mass read as a whole and to ensure it stands as a powerful gesture The volume of the space should also have a presence by night that

within the space. The mass could be made to colour change and

might be enhanced with the use of coloured light rising up from

ripple with light, or otherwise just gently to iridesce.

the floor and drawings people towards, and connecting them, with the openings between the floors.

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he requirement to rehouse the Central Library in Cork to cater for its present and future needs has presented a unique opportunity to create a Civic building of high

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architectural merit in a prominent location in the City centre, which will be recognised as a welcoming centre of learning open to and

“...its imposing transparent façade in this location will instill a sense of curiosity as to what it contains, and will be a significant addition to the built environment of the City”

used by all. The proposed upgrading of the landscaping at Grand Parade and the boardwalk to the river provides an exceptional opportunity to

APDL is offering this prime waterfront location for the develop-

The Commercial Proposal seeks to deal comprehensively with all

link that landscape design with a new public realm fronting the

ment of the ‘Library Quarter’, incorporating a mix of retail,

aspects of the client brief and aspires to putting a budget in place

Library Quarter, a pedestrian priority zone, of the same style and

commercial and residential units, but with the new library

which will deliver a high quality building using the latest in sustain-

quality to visually connect the spaces. It will also serve to open up

occupying the prominent position on the site. The development

able technology. It is recognised that a building such as this, on a

a new access to the South of the river and through the develop-

also offers potential to include additional cultural elements the

prime site, has a higher than normal cost and a key element of

ment to Douglas Street.

City may require.

the design development with the client’s team will be to deliver a

The proposed building with its imposing transparent façade in this

The new library with its prominent multipurpose space hanging

location will instill a sense of curiosity of what it contains and will

on its upper levels will undoubtedly itself become the subject of

be a significant addition to the built environment of the City.

comment and most likely the inevitable Cork wit.

The client brief is clear and the approach by APDL and the Design

The Design Team has sought to fulfil the key requirements of the

Team is to offer a solution of a building of high architectural merit

clients brief, and is very keen to further refine and enhance the

taking account of the best in contemporary library design in a

design and overall solution in close cooperation with Cork City

superb city centre location.

Council, the City Librarian and the City Architects Department.

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Pavilion. Main Contractors: Rohcon. Architects: Scott Tallon Walker

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■ Stena Ferry Terminal

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

■ E.P.A. Belfield

Ascon is one of the largest building and engineering contractors

■ National Library NCAD

in Ireland. Ascon is part of the Royal BAM Group of the

■ Science of Materials Building, Trinity

Netherlands, which is ranked fifth in the European Construction ratings. Established in 1958 the Ascon group of companies covers

The OPW will be familiar with many of these projects. Further

the entire spectrum of construction in Ireland. The company head

information and references for any of our projects can be readily

office is located at Kill, Co. Kildare. Ascon’s southern regional office

provided. Ascon’s website www.asconrohcon.com also provides

is located at Euro Business Park, Little Island, Co. Cork. Ascon prides itself on delivering quality projects on time and within budget,

an overview of the activities and projects of Ascon and it’s affiliate ▲ Cork County Hall exterior profile.

▲ Cork County Hall interior profile.

companies.

in a safe manner. Innovative solutions, engineering ingenuity, adherence to the highest safety and quality standards and profes-

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sional construction management are the hallmarks of Ascon’s work.

Ascon (and its affiliate building company Rohcon) have been

■ professional engineers, managers and a skilled workforce working as a team

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A variety of factors contribute to Ascon’s success:

entrusted with some of Ireland’s most important building projects. In the Cork area we are currently engaged on the landmark projects of Cork Airport and Cork County Hall redevelopment, and have just completed the sensitive refurbishment of Cork Courthouse.

■ the employment of the best construction techniques, equipOther relevant projects include: ■ Bord Gais Head Office ■ a clear focus on the project objectives ■ the commitment of Ascon’s management and staff as a whole to meeting the client’s requirements ■ compliance with proven project controls and procedures to provide deliverables efficiently

▲ Cork Courthouse restoration.

▲ Cork Courthouse new glass ceiling.

▲ New Terminal Building at Cork Airport.

▲ Interior of New Terminal Building.

■ Tara Street Development ■ City West Business Campus ■ Farmleigh House ■ Balbriggan Passport Office ■ Logistics Building Balbriggan ■ Genzyme Waterford ■ The Glen Government Offices ■ National Aquatic Centre

As a member of the Royal BAM Group, Ascon is afforded

■ St Joseph’s Care Centre

unrivalled access to technical and financial support.

■ Millenium Offices Phases 1 and 2

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INTRODUCTION The firm of Scott Tallon Walker Architects was founded in 1928 in Dublin and now has offices in Dublin, London, Galway and Cork. The firm is led by the Chairman, Dr, Ronald Tallon and ten partners, Niall Scott, Michael Tallon, Eugene McLernon, Michael Aston, Peter Dudley, Eoin O’Morain, Bryan Roe, David Cahill and Padraic Halligan. There are fourteen associates. Michael Tallon is the

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AWARDS

QUALITY CONTROL

The firm’s growth and reputation over the years has derived from

Scott Tallon Walker have won many awards including four gold

It is the policy of Scott Tallon Walker Architects to offer and supply

our policy to produce well designed and aesthetically pleasing

medals from the RIAI and the Royal Gold Medal from the RIBA for

to our Clients, a Quality Architectural Service. To ensure that we

buildings, suitable for their purpose and employing the best mate-

our work.

continue to improve our service to Clients, the Practice operates

rials and construction techniques currently available.

CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE AWARDS ■ RTE - TV Programmes Building Stage 7

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY The design philosophy of Scott Tallon Walker is to strive for excellence and produce buildings, employing the most appropriate

■ Trinity College Dublin - School of Pharmacy and Dept. of Genetics ■ Civic Offices Wood Quay, Dublin

a Quality Management System, outlined in Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ Quality Policy and Management & Administrations Procedures Manual, which has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard.

■ Citibank Corporate Office - IFSC

materials and contemporary construction methods, which embody

RIAI REGIONAL AWARDS

consistent high quality. In implementing this objective close collab-

■ Citibank Headquarters, Dublin

oration with our Clients is essential in order to understand their

■ Eircom Network Management Centre, Dublin

requirements and thereby derive the most appropriate, imaginative

■ Eastpoint

and cost effective solution to fulfi l the objectives set by the brief.

■ Dollar Bay Apartments, London

Our success over the years in this endeavour has been recognised

■ Civic Offices Wood Quay, Dublin

through repeat work with major Clients and the receipt of a num-

■ Biotechnology Building, University College Dublin

ber of prestigious design awards.

■ Bradan Mara TEO, Land Based Salmon Hatchery. ■ TG4 (Telefis na Gaeilge), Co. Galway

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E.G. PETTIT & COMPANY

CLIENTS

TYPICAL PROJECTS

One of Ireland’s largest Consulting Engineering firms has been in

Clients include:-

■ Hotel and Leisure Facilities

business since 1954.

■ Architects

■ Residential Developments

■ Development Agencies

■ Car Parks

■ Local Authorities

■ Urban Renewal Projects

The Company employ almost 200 people in Ireland, with offices in Cork (Head Office), Dublin, Killarney and Waterford, as well as project specific offices in a number of other locations.

and State Agencies

■ Office Developments

■ Development Companies

■ Institutional Developments

■ Educational Authorities

■ Commercial Buildings

E.G. Pettit & Company has considerable experience in projects for

■ Institutions

Cork City Council, having successfully carried out engineering

■ Engineering Contractors

▲ Innovation Centre for Cork Institute of Technology.

projects on Cork Main Drainage Scheme and the St. Patrick’s

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SERVICES PROVIDED

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■ Structural Design, Steel, Concrete,

STRUCTURAL AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

■ Geotechnical and Foundation Design

E.G. Pettit & Company Consulting Engineers provide a complete

■ Structural Survey and Reports

structural and civil engineering service, both in Ireland and over-

■ Site Development

▲ Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, ACEI Award for Excellence.

and Infrastructure ■ Roads and Bridges

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

■ Marine Outfall Pipes

E.G. Pettit & Company structural and civil engineering utilises a

■ Flood Control

comprehensive system of design and drafting software, including

■ Site Evaluation

facilities which allow for the direct transfer of design information

■ Valuation Engineering

into AutoCAD drawings. Such facilities coupled with a Quality

■ Advice on Green Buildings

Management system on the principles of ISO 9001 ensure a cost-

■ Sustainable Development

effective and professional service for our clients.

■ Safety & Health Compliance ▲ Donegal County Council Offices, winner of the Sustainable Construction Award.

▲ EU offices at Grange, Co Meath.

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We have designed and constructed custom offices in LoughMahon Technology Park, Cork, comprising 40,000 ft over three floors.

Links with Other Organisations

INTRODUCTION

PM has worked successfully with other international engineering

Established in 1973, Project Management Group is a world-class,

and management organisations over the past 20 years. In each

international project engineering company, headquartered in Ireland.

case, the partnership was developed to meet the requirements of

We provide a range of engineering, construction and project

a particular project.

management services for greenfield, expansion and upgrade

PM’s Cork Office

projects across a variety of industries. ▲ Cork County Library Headquarters.

▲ Lifetime Lab.

Employing over 1400 persons, PM is the largest engineering and this position by providing a top-quality service to clients, which has resulted in a very high level of repeat business. A key to our success is the quality of our people, coupled with the systems and procedures that have been developed around the needs of the design/construction industry. PM is certified to ISO 9001 standards.

based in our Technology Building in Mahon. PM offers a design service, covering the full range of engineering disciplines - architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, process, instrumentation, building services. Our engineers possess a wealth of experience in the design and construction of buildings, facilities and industrial plants in a variety of sectors.

holds a 25% equity stake in PM. PM can draw upon FW’s resources when appropriate.

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Mechanical & Electrical Services Design PM has excellent capability in services design. In the recent past we have completed some fine buildings for the public and private sector. These include: ■ Cork City Council’s Lifetime Lab ■ Cork City Council / Enterprise Ireland’s Webwork Building

PM is an associate of the Foster Wheeler Group, a global engineering/construction firm employing 20,000 people. Foster Wheeler

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project management design company in Ireland. PM has achieved

PM has a staff of over 520 Engineers, designers and support staff

■ PM Technology Building – Mahon ■ Cork City Council – Planning Office ■ UCC – Pharmacy School, Photonic Lab, Tyndall National Institute ■ Cork City Council – Library Headquarters

COMPANY PROFILE Offices PM operates from design offices in Dublin, Cork, UK and Poland.

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Library Quarter – BAM Proposal  

Proposed New Central Library For Cork

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