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Killa Villa!

Tunnel Vision

Nature Calling!

Villa 9010 is a design to die for...

MAD Architects view of the Kiyotsu Gorge tunnel

Grimshaw’s Frost Museum of Science

Rooms with a View

Wood Awards

Small Projects Big Talent

New-look Sligo Park Hotel

Stand out projects featuring American Hardwoods

Stephen Lawrence Prize contenders revealed

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The DĂŠise Inspires

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I haven’t been to Waterford many times in my life. That said, a recent short ‘vacance’ that took in The Tannery in Dungarvan followed by a couple of nights in the Ardmore Cliffhouse Hotel to mark a particularly significant wedding milestone puts The DĂŠise right up there for yours truly’s memorable experiences.

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Well the professional life in me was equally impressed when a pal recently told me to check out the building wall art that is going on down in the city. He noted our recent cover that featured the outstanding building murals and designs of Muralist Mona Caron and he admonished me saying that I didn’t have to go across the Atlantic to see such creative design – swivel the head, he said, and look towards Waterford. It seems that our friends in Waterford are just as creative when it comes to enhancing and revitalising derelict buildings and neglected parts of their city through wonderfully evocative wall art. Large-scale visuals adorn buildings to dramatic effect – and those clever bods in Waterford have turned this into an annual festival of street art, Waterford Walls.

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Thinking further about my pal’s reference, I remembered that while passing through Blackrock in South County Dublin I noticed that a rather unremarkable facade had been given an infusion of life and vibrancy with a striking mural welcoming people to the village. Bland facade transformed into a design feature, simple and clever!

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18 Wood Awards

26 Small Projects Big Talent


38 Frost Museum of Science

Killa Villa!

Anthro Architecture's Villa 9010 is a design to die for

42 Tunnel Vision



Rooms with a View Multi-million refurbishment results in new-look Sligo Park Hotel

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Fresh Specifier Delight

ON THE COVER: Mercury House by Zaha Hadid

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VILLA ROYALE Anthro Architecture’s Villa 9010 is a new, two-storey, energy-efficient home for a young family in the In Dalkey, South County Dublin. Constructed in the side garden of the Client’s redbrick childhood home, at the entrance to a typical suburban cul-desac, the site was previously occupied by the family’s garage and boatshed. Defined by the imposing 19th century castellated gates to the neighbouring school, the design carefully carves a space for a new residential dwelling, nestling itself respectfully beside its prominent neighbour while also drawing on the wider context of the bright seaside villas in the surrounding area. The Client’s were drawn to the sense of optimism and escape that comes with a seaside villa and sought to create a lightfilled energy efficient home suitable for a young family that was in-line with their modest budget. On approaching the building, a tall south-facing glazed atrium draws you into a grand double-height library space with a pitched oculus opening up views to the sky above. The cantilevered oak staircase is the focal point of this central space and is conceived as a play of light and shadows, offering glimpses through the open risers to the sunken living area and rear garden beyond. To the left of this entrance, is a lightfilled kitchen and dining space that opens onto a secluded side patio, designed for summer dining, with raised flowerbeds and the shade of a large cherry tree. To the rear of the house is a split-level garden designed to borrow views of the surrounding trees and plants while maintaining a terraced area for relaxation in the summer. The careful landscaping of the gardens seeks to connect the interiors with the surrounding greenery while also enhancing the sense of seclusion within the living spaces. Stepping back into the house, down through the cosy sunken living area, the glazed balustrades of the open stairwell reflect views of the garden and sky. The central atrium connects all four bedrooms at first floor level around light- filled library space.


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The bedrooms look out via the large frameless corner- corner windows, through the surrounding trees to glimpses of Dublin Bay beyond. The generous pitched ceiling to the master bedroom creates a special space of repose within the dwelling. The dressing rooms and ensuite leading directly from the central library space act as an antechamber to help enhance this sense of retreat. The simple aesthetic of white walls and oak flooring offers a backdrop to the play of light throughout the house while also representing an honest minimalism that is a combination of the Client’s desired aesthetic and the financial constraints involved. The construction is a predominately concrete masonry and steel structure. The engineering required in achieving the thin library floor and cantilevered stairs was challenging, and the structural engineer and stair fabricator worked collaboratively to help us achieve this. All the timber used in the project is a white-oiled oak with aluminium-framed timber glazing used for the windows. The large south-facing, triple glazed atrium combined with an air-to-air heat pump and mechanical heat recovery ventilation, not to mention external insulation and underfloor heating, help to create a very energy efficient home with a BER rating of A2. Villa 9010 successfully places the house within the wider context of this coastal village, connecting the family to the landscape and sky and creating a sense of intimacy within the site while also borrowing from the grandeur of the adjacent school gates to create an internal spatial monumentality. Dublin and UK based Anthro Architecture seeks to create innovative and beautifully crafted buildings that enrich the lives of the people we design for.


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Northern Ireland man Alan Jones has been elected the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Plan Magazine is happy to provide Alan a decent platform on which to set out his stall! To summarise:, Alan Jones is a chartered architect, director of his own architecture practice based in County Antrim, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the RIBA’s Vice President for Education. Having previously worked with London-based Michael Hopkins and Partners for seven years and as an associate with David Morley Architects, Jones returned to Northern Ireland in 1998 to take up private practice as principal of Alan Jones Architects and to teach at the School of Architecture, Queens University Belfast. Projects led by Alan Jones include the £4.2M Strabane Arts Centre, a joint project by Glenn Howells Architects, Birmingham and Alan Jones Architects - which gained an RSUA Award and was shortlisted for a RIBA Award. Alan also acts as an expert witness on design matters. Plan: What does it mean to be RIBA President? AJ: “I am honoured to become the next President of the RIBA and wish to thank everyone who supported me, engaged with the election process and took time to vote. “I appreciate respect is not given lightly and must be earned. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ben Derbyshire and past presidents, people who I have huge respect for. I wish to build on their successes. “The RIBA is a fantastic organisation with great resources, particularly its staff who I am keen to support more than ever. As individuals and as an institution, we need to come together to make the most of our assets, and make the case for our profession.

“My parents had not been to university, and I was fortunate enough to receive a full grant to study Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. I graduated with the first distinction in seven years and took the offer of a summer job with Michael Hopkins & Partners, London, which turned into seven years working on Schlumberger Cambridge Research and Inland Revenue (Nottingham), amongst other projects. “I then spent three years as an associate with David Morley Architects on projects at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It was after this tenure that I decided to return, with my family, to my roots in Northern Ireland; a place where I wanted to make a difference. I led Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast to fifth in The Guardian’s League Table and first for added value. “My practice has created projects which are cited in design guides, have received RIBA awards and enjoy global recognition. In 2016 I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). “As a trustee on the RIBA’s Council and Board, he has championed social mobility and a closer, more supportive relationship between education and practice, creating an upward spiral of benefits and advances for architects and society. Plan: What’s been the reaction to the news of your Presidency? AJ: “Well to quote the RIBA President Ben

Derbyshire: ‘Congratulations to Alan Jones on the vote of confidence he has received from our members - I look forward to supporting him in the role both as President Elect and after I’ve passed on the baton next year. To be chosen as RIBA President is a tremendous honour and responsibility, representing the collective strength and talent of our 43,000 members and 300 staff in a leading role to advance the profession of architecture. The RIBA has an exciting future and I hope I can rely on Alan’s support during my second year in office as we continue to push the Institute’s ambitious programme forward.’ The role of RIBA President was established in 1835 and is the highest elected position in UK architecture. The President is chair of RIBA Council, the Charity Trustees who are ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the Institute.

“We need to gather evidence and realise a more significant role and position in business and society. We must focus more on the pertinent issues that will increase the quality of service we provide and the added value we can bring. We must reduce our overheads and the loss of colleagues and expertise as they leave our profession because of the economics of our situation. Talent is universal and opportunity into and upward through our profession must be too.” Plan: Tell us the story of Alan Jones? AJ: “I was born in 1964, in Northern Ireland, where I grew up and was state educated during the infamous Troubles.


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   The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair continues to grow and strengthen its position as the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. The 2018 fair saw a total of 31 percent overseas visitors representing a record number of 100 countries, meaning that it is shaping up to be a major player on the international design scene. Most visitors hailed from Norway, Finland, Denmark and the UK. The 2018 event was part of Stockholm Design Week, with more than 200 events taking place during the week. The 2019 event takes place February 5th to 9th. For more information visit Images courtesy Stockholmsmässan

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GUEST EXPERIENCE HEART OF DESIGN The Sligo Park Hotel is investing more than €3m in a comprehensive redesign and refurbishment of the well-known local establishment. As part of a three-year strategy, a total of 90 bedrooms have also been refurbished to an extremely high specification. When the complete refurbishment is finished in early 2019, more than €3m will have been invested in the project. The owners of the four-star hotel have already invested €2.25 million refurbishing the entire ground floor of the hotel, including the lobby, Jack B’s Bar, the Hazelwood restaurant and the Hazelwood and Mespil conference suites. Originally established in 1970, the Sligo Park Hotel is a sister hotel of the Mespil Hotel in Dublin comprising Lee Hotels. The Sligo Park Hotel has over 100 employees.

Credited with the design is Howth-based CLR Design who have carved out a reputation for itself working for years in hotel and corporate design, including some of the most prestigious hotels in Ireland. It was established by Ciara Ní Laoi in 1997, after 13 years working in the area. According to Ciara Ní Laoi , the reception area and lounge had been extended over the years, so needed to be completely reconfigured. She says: “there was no sense of arrival, and the lounge area was dark and tired, with no visibility for the bar or restaurant. The challenge was to create a guest experience, to develop the individual areas, but in a unified way, that connected the hotel with its place. “I wanted to establish a palette of colours and textures, reflecting the beautiful surrounding countryside. Shades of greens, greys and burnt orange, wool and linen fabrics, oak floors are all part of the mix, complemented by carefully selected pieces by local artists. Each area shares the same palette, with different accent colours highlighted. Warmth and comfort are key.


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“A double height feature stone wall opposite the entrance brings drama and sets the tone. The stone floor reflects the glazed roof and visually divides the reception from the lounge area. We opened glazed panels from the lobby to the bar and restaurant, which had the dual advantage of getting views through to the gardens and bringing daylight into a very dark area, drawing the guest down and inviting them in.�


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General Manager of the Sligo Park Hotel, Gerard Moore adds, "We have undertaken this significant investment to position the Sligo Park Hotel to take full advantage of increased interest in Sligo due to the highly successful marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way. Having successfully come through the recent recession, we recognised the changing needs and expectations of our customers. Our main lobby and bar required modernisation to meet and exceed guest expectations." He says: "we put in place a three-year strategy to refurbish the hotel including all guest bedrooms, lobby, bar, restaurant and conference rooms. Planned works for the year ahead include upgrading the Health & Leisure Club and our main Sligo Park Suite, where we host weddings and events."


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A building design in part inspired by the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California, has been announced as the winner of the UCD Future Campus architectural competition. The interlocking basalt columns created by volcanic activity some 60 million years ago on the coast of County Antrim are recognised throughout the world. The new €48 million landmark building (UCD Centre for Creative Design) located at the main N11 entrance to University College Dublin will be surrounded by a plaza and a reflecting pool. It will display prismatic forms inspired by geology and feature an abundant use of natural light coming through two major vertical structures angled at 23 degrees, mirroring the tilt of the earth. These two towers take their design cue from the pentagonal vertical pillar of the university’s iconic dodecahedral 1972 water tower. The design of the new building will encourage creative collaboration and interaction with a “circuit of social connection” allowing students, faculty and visitors to peer into maker and classroom spaces through glass walls. The 8,000m² UCD Centre for Creative Design will foreground a highly visible and welcoming entrance precinct to the university covering some 335,000m² near the main N11 entrance to the campus. This entrance precinct includes seven new quadrangles of open green space, a new pedestrian spine, parallel to the campus’ original spine, lined with weather canopies that double as solar connectors, forming the infrastructure of an energy network. Cafés and social spaces are located along paths for informal gathering; landscape spaces are animated by water-retention ponds, rain- and wind-protected seating areas and preserved specimen trees. The winning design was created by a team led by acclaimed New York and Beijing-based studio Steven Holl Architects (SHA). Founded in 1977, the firm has extensive international experience in the arts, campus and educational facilities, and complex urban projects. Past SHA campus projects include the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Expansion and Glassell School, the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University, and the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art. “Holl’s vision is intriguing and striking – combining an iconic design for the Centre for Creative Design with a masterplan distinguished by a few considered, highly intelligent moves that open up the centre of the campus and use creative landscaping to intensify its natural beauty,” said UCD President, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, who chaired the competition jury panel.


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SHORTLIST FOR WOOD AWARDS 2018 REVEALED The American Hardwood Export Council has revealed a shortlist of projects using American hardwoods that are in the running for the Wood Awards 2018. The shortlist will be showcased at the London Design Fair in late September and the winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 20th November. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards are split into two main categories: Buildings and Furniture & Product. Plan’s focus is on the former - Buildings competition and this includes subcategories such as Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, and Interiors. The first shortlisted entries in the Buildings category is Storey’s Filed Centre & Eddington Nursery in Cambridge (American white ash, European oak, and Canadian western red cedar) and the architect is MUMA. The 100-place nursery is arranged around three sides of a landscaped courtyard. On the fourth side, is the civic scaled community centre including a 180-seat main hall.


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The principle rooms are lined in oak panelling. The main hall, influenced by the dining halls and chapels of Cambridge colleges, uses an exposed, articulated timber structure. The slender spruce glulam portal frames spring from the oak panelled base and pass in front of a backdrop of ash veneered panelling; the tones of the timber gradually lightening up the height of the space. A structural ceiling of layered ash joists, battens and veneered plywood conceals air extract routes for the hall’s passive ventilation strategy. The hall provides a venue for a range of activities and its acoustics can be adjusted to suit. At the west end, an ash spiral stair is a sculptural element wrapped by a curved veneered ash plywood balustrade. The nursery's turret roofed classrooms are clad in western red cedar as are the soffits to the covered nursery cloister. The Royal Academy of Music Theatre & New Rectal Hall (American cherry and European oak) in London is another on the shortlist and the architect for this project is Ian Ritchie Architects. Two exceptional performance spaces have been integrated within the Academy site. The 309-seat cherrylined Susie Sainsbury Theatre now forms the heart of the Academy. Inspired by the curved shapes of string instruments, it has been acoustically refined to deliver excellent sound qualities. Each acoustic treatment has its own graded detailing to blend the sound in all directions. Above the Theatre, the 100-seat Angela Burgess Recital Hall provides 230m2 of additional space for student rehearsal, public performance and recording.


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The Theatre is designed intimate and epic whereas the Recital Hall is a tranquil, calming and visually cool. The Recital Hall is entirely lined in pale, lime-washed European oak. Woven into the design are structural elements reminiscent of string instruments. Through an aperture of finely tuned ‘strings’, an oak-lined oculus floods the space with daylight and provides a central focus. The Vortex, Bloomberg (American red oak) in London picked up a shortlist nomination for Foster + Partners. The Vortex is a dramatic double-height space at the main entrance of Bloomberg's new European headquarters. Its three inclined, curving timber shells are a literal and metaphorical twist on classic wood-panelled London lobbies. It is deliberately mysterious, responding to Bloomberg’s objective to create a building that unfolds gradually. The openings between the individual timber shells define the building’s separate entry and exit paths. The structure consists of a double timber wall, constructed as a preassembled series of stressed skin cassettes, where the main joists are orientated to generate the curvature of the surface, while keeping the timber elements straight. The timber skeleton is covered by a double layer of plywood and timber panelling chosen for its warmth and ability to provide excellent acoustic properties. 6,000 unique panels had to be put together, much like a large jigsaw that could only be assembled in a particular sequence. Four shades of veneer were randomised across the surface to avoid concentration of any one shade in a particular area. For more about the awards and the various categories visit


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Portsoken Pavilion, a sculptural monocoque structure by Make Architects, has been unveiled as part of the City of London Corporation’s transformation of the Aldgate gyratory into a high-quality public space. The former complex roundabout, with its series of pedestrian subways, has been the subject of intense development for over six years to reroute roads, block off unsafe subways and transform the area into the new ‘Aldgate Square’ – one of the largest public spaces in the Square Mile. The pavilion, which will be run by local social enterprise Kahaila as a café and multi-functional community space, sits proudly in this new landscape, delivering a public amenity as well as improving the connection between the two distinctive listed heritage buildings that sit either side of the new square: the St Botolph without Aldgate church and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. It is the second in a series of pavilions planned by the City Of London Corporation and was required to have an aesthetic relationship with the first, RIBA Award-winning pavilion, the City of London Information Centre adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, which was completed by Make in 2008.


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Sarah Shuttleworth project architect said: “The final scheme is beautiful – distinctive, yet respectful of the heritage architecture surrounding it. It provides a bespoke civic amenity and the ambition and determination of the City of London Corporation to persist and deliver the square and the pavilion – despite the challenges – in order to transform this parcel of London for the benefit of the local community, should be applauded.” Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to see a gyratory which reflected 1960s traffic planning, brought into the 21st century. With the imminent arrival of the Elizabeth line, it is the number-one priority that our infrastructure is fit for purpose. “More than ever we are seeing businesses focusing on local amenities and making location decisions based on the quality of public realm that they can offer their employees. The completion of the square marks a step change to the area, demonstrating to investors that they should continue to commit to the City’s world class public realm. These were ambitious plans but it is only right that we deliver a healthy, inclusive environment for the diverse residents, school children, visitors and workers in Europe’s leading business district.” This latest pavilion picks up on the asymmetrical angles of the City of London Information Centre with an angular structure that folds down to meet the ground at just three triangular support points, with glazing in between. Corten cladding panels form a rigid structural skin covering the pavilion and create a faceted surface that reduces the overall profile of the pavilion and provides its character. The channels created by the layered cladding are also functional, allowing the rainwater to run down them into discreet drains located where the steel meets the Yorkstone paving. The warm tones of the weathered steel chime with the brown brick of the Grade I-listed church and the red brick Grade II-listed primary school. Over time the steel will darken and provide an earthy, complementary counterpoint. Designed parametrically, the pavilion’s form has been carefully designed with respect to key pedestrian approaches to the new square. As such, it has no backside, and its three glazed elevations face Duke’s Place to the north-west, Houndsditch and St Botolph Street to the north-east, and the new square and Aldgate High


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Street to the south. These elevations provide clear views into and through the structure and deliver natural surveillance, as well as entrances into the pavilion on all sides. Internally the bands of the cladding are mimicked on the soffit, with layered geometric white laminate timber panels, which have punched slots to aid the acoustics and add drama when up-lit at night, providing a glowing effect to the whole building. Two large asymmetrical rooflights sit over the central counter to draw light into the building. Outside, the roof overhangs the glazed doors on all sides to allow seating to spill out and provide a seamless transition between inside and outside. It is designed to be as flexible as possible and become a real hub for the community – a space that could work as a cafÊ, for exhibitions, for community meetings. The 325 sq m building is a single storey aboveground but has utilised part of the former subways to accommodate a basement level for plant, backof-house facilities, kitchens and toilets, this has significantly reduced the quantity of land that was needed above ground and therefore delivered more public space for the gardens. The constant temperature of the concrete tunnels also work to help regulate the temperature of the building, air is drawn through the tunnels and up into the cafÊ, heating in the winter or cooling in the summer. The large overhangs on the roof were also atuned to the orientation of the sun and provide solar shading to the interior at peak times of the day. The entire structure was pre-fabricated off-site by Littlehampton Welding and then taken apart and allowed to rust while the site was prepared by contractor Kier. It was brought into site in pieces and reassembled and welded in situ. After the structure was in place and all the on-site structural welds complete, the underside of the steelwork that would form the internal space was sprayed with 150mm of insulation to minimise heat loss and remove the possibility of condensation forming on the internal face of the steelwork.


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STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE CONTENDERS The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the Stephen Lawrence Prize, with this year marking its’ twentyfirst anniversary. Seven projects have been shortlisted, including woodland classrooms for a school, a touching memorial to 173 people who died in Bethnal Green Tube station during the war and a hostel for vulnerable homeless women. The prize was set up in memory of the teenager who was on the road to becoming an architect when he was tragically murdered in 1993. Supported and founded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, it is intended to encourage fresh architecture talent and reward the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million.


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THE 2018 SHORTLIST IS: Belvue School Woodland Classrooms, London by Studio Weave Ltd A timber-framed building that draws upon the natural world to create an informal learning space for children with special educational needs. Bethnal Green Memorial, London by Arboreal Architecture A poignant memorial designed to commemorates the 173 people that died in Bethnal Green underground station as a result of a wartime accident. Dartmouth Park House, London by AY Architects A reinvented Victorian London house that uses natural light to create a contemporary and bright family home. Five Acre Barn, Suffolk by Blee Halligan A modest barn transformed into a simple and elegant bed and breakfast hotel that complements the landscape garden and surrounding countryside. Old Shed New House, Yorkshire by Tonkin Liu An agricultural shed surrounded by the North Yorkshire countryside converted into a three-bedroomed house, library and gallery. Red House, London by 31/44 Architects A development that uses brick and red precast concrete to create a bold reinvention of the Victorian houses that surround it. White Heather House, Southend-on-Sea by SKArchitects Ltd A redevelopment of homes for vulnerable homeless women that are colourful, simply built and carefully placed to maximise the sense of space. Continued on page 30


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Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied said: “This year marks 21 years since the Marco Goldschmied Foundation first began working with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the RIBA on the £5,000 Stephen Lawrence Prize and bursary which, this year, has been increased to £25,000 to mark the 25th year since Stephen’s death. We have once again been astounded by the skill, ingenuity and determination shown in each project. The shortlist ranges from new and converted housing to a moving memorial, from education to hospitality. Each project has produced outstanding architecture fit for such a long-standing award.” The winner of the 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize party on 10 October.


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PUTTING MALTA ON THE MAP Malta's location at the midpoint of the Mediterranean has made the island a centre of trade and tourism. Welcoming almost 2.5 million international tourists last year with the number of visitors growing by almost 10% annually, Malta's hospitality industry employs 30% of the country's workforce and is anticipated to grow to 40% of the island's employment over the coming decade. Located on Malta's East coast, Paceville has developed over the past 50 years as the island's tourist and entertainment centre, accommodating new projects that address this continued growth.


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Established as a cluster of holiday homes in the early 20th Century and developed into a major tourist hub from the 1960's, Paceville is at the heart of St Julian's in Malta where many of the island's restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos and marina are located, together with international hotels including the Hilton, Le Meridien, InterContinental and Westin. The renovation and redevelopment of Mercury House by Zaha Hadid integrates residential apartments and boutique hotel within Malta's most dynamic urban environment. Creating new public spaces and amenities for the island's residents and visitors, the design responds to Paceville's key urban challenges by investing in its civic realm and increasing its limited housing supply. Derelict for more than twenty years, the 9,405 sq.m. site includes the remaining façades of the old Mercury House that date from 1903. Two underground vaults created during the Cold War are also within the site's boundary. Working with Malta's leading conservation architect, these heritage structures will be renovated as integral parts of the new development; restoring the old Mercury House façades and reinstating its remaining historic interiors as gathering spaces and entrance for the apartments and hotel. According to Zaha Hadid Architects, restoring the facades of the old Mercury House to their original height enables this heritage structure to be read as a whole. The new development lands behind these renovated façades, defining the original Mercury House as the focus of a new public piazza. Including water features and fountains for children to play, as well as seating areas to relax, the new piazza will be the centre of its community by day, and one of Malta's primary gathering places by night to suit the island's al fresco lifestyle. With the refurbished Mercury House at its base, the 24,500 sq.m. renovation and redevelopment incorporates civic amenities including cafes and shops surrounding the large piazza together with a new café pavilion of soft curves and a transparency that accentuates the solidity of the old Mercury House.


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The 31-storey tower of residential apartments and hotel is aligned at street level to integrate with Paceville's existing urban fabric and to reduce its footprint, maximizing civic space within the new piazza. Conceived as two volumes stacked vertically, the tower incorporates a realignment that expresses the different functional programmes within. The lower 9-storey volume houses apartments while the higher 19-storey volume is rotated to orientate guest rooms of the new hotel towards the Mediterranean, providing optimal views of Malta's renowned azure sea. Re-aligning the tower's higher floors reduces solar gain and instils a sense of dynamism within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Paceville. The transitioning floors (levels 10, 11 and 12) accommodate the tower's realignment and house the dramatic public spaces of the hotel's reception lobby as well as an outdoor pool with views to the sea.

The insulated faรงade, combined with limited glazing in areas of significant direct sunlight, is designed to provide shading and increase the tower's overall thermal performance. The tower's design also incorporates the results of local pedestrian comfort and wind climate assessments. Marrying a variety of public, residential and commercial functions together with the creation of a vibrant new civic space, the redevelopment of Mercury House includes the renovation of derelict heritage structures and responds to the demands of the island's future socio-economic development.


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APPLE OPENS MILAN’S NEWEST PUBLIC SQUARE Apple Piazza Liberty is an ensemble of two fundamental elements, a stepped plaza and a fountain. Located just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele – one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan – visitors are drawn towards the piazza by the sight of the dramatic new fountain. The project is another example of the close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners. A celebration of the joys of city life and embodying its dynamic nature, the signature water feature is an interactive, multisensory experience. Visitors enter the fountain through a glass-covered entrance enveloped by the sights and sounds of vertical jets of water that splash against the 26-foot high glass walls. An immersive recreation of the childhood game of running through fountains, the experience changes throughout the day as sunlight filters through the water, while at night the glass ceiling creates a kaleidoscopic effect, with the water falling down the walls, and its reflections travelling infinitely up the sky.

Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, commented: “There can be no greater honor and responsibility than to create a new public plaza in Italy, whose piazzas and urban spaces have always inspired us. The fountain is an expression of child-like excitement that speaks to each one of us. In its simplicity, it echoes the idea of walking into a big fountain without getting wet, and the joy of being alive.” The fountain flows down into the base of the Amphitheatre, a new social hub and an outdoor extension of ‘Today at Apple’. The Amphitheater is defined by broad and sun-soaked stone steps descending below street level and opening up to a stage, backed by a second fountain’s wall of water. The entire plaza is newly created and paved with Beola Grigia – a typical local stone from Lombardy, and surrounded by 21 new Gleditsia Sunburst trees. The interior is a bright, monolithic space, metaphorically carved out of the same stone as the plaza above. The ceiling follows the stepped profile of the amphitheater, with skylights and backlit ceiling panels that innovatively combine artificial and natural light.


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Through the roof and stairs, warm shafts of sun penetrate deep into the sunken store, connecting the interior with the light and rhythm of Milan and giving it a feel of a spacious daylight-filled art gallery. The stairs leading into the store consist of polished stainless-steel clad cantilevering treads that also become a sculptural light installation, creating a theatrical and exciting experience.


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MIAMI NICE! Global architecture firm Grimshaw has announced the one year anniversary of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science) in Miami, Florida. This exciting 250,000 square foot facility brings together an aquarium, planetarium and science museum onto one campus in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Taking advantage of the city’s plentiful sunshine, ocean breezes from nearby Biscayne Bay and views to a growing downtown skyline, the inventive architecture of the museum furthers Miami-Dade County’s cultural offerings in a sophisticated, contemporary building. Nearly 900,000 visitors have visited the new home of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science as the institution celebrates its one-year anniversary in downtown Miami. Far surpassing attendance expectations, Miami residents and visitors, both adults and children alike, have flocked to the multi-faceted museum and its planetarium, aquarium and wide range of exhibitions. Grimshaw’s response to the project brief resulted in a complex of four buildings situated in an open-armed stance, inviting visitors to walk amongst them and opening up the building to the outdoors. This conscious effort to link the building to the outdoors connects the world at large to the science exhibits within and reinforces the museum’s ties to both the city and nearby marine habitats. An open-air atrium threads between the buildings connecting them to one another and creating a dynamic environment that directly connects the community to the experience of the outdoors and the city around them. The shapes of each individual building are dynamic and varied, sculpted to take advantage of filtered light and breezes. The ensemble is united by a soft white colour palette expressed through a variety of materials that create unique patterns and shadows across the building facades. The bar-shaped buildings of the North and West Wings are clad in a faceted, pixelated geometrical texture that allows the passage of the sun to animate the buildings across daylight hours. The aquarium, more organic in shape, is nestled between the wings, appearing in shape as a water droplet from above and not unlike the prow of a ship when approached from the ground. The iconic planetarium, spherical in shape, completes the site, creating an intriguing landmark that contrasts the more rigid building massing of adjacent developments. Rather than creating a single building, the Frost Science Museum design aspires to feel more like a village where visitors naturally explore the openair passageways. Balconies are arranged around a central courtyard allowing visitors multiple vantage points to see the multiple paths to areas of exploration.


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The aquarium building lies at the heart of the site and is where most guests will begin their exploration. Grimshaw has created a unique, vertically-oriented experience that allows guests to encounter aquatic ecosystems at various depths from an open-air rooftop “surface” level to more intimate, immersive galleries “below the waterline.” This portion of the museum is dominated by the 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium. The aquarium’s unique cone shape spans three floors to provide a cornerless environment for ocean-cruising wildlife. The bottom of the cone resolves in a massive, 31foot circular viewing window that allows visitors a dramatic view up and into the aquarium from below, immersed in the blue depths of the Gulf Stream. Other viewing points offer glimpses to the same aquarium including carefully placed portholes and an open-air deck with an aviary and other exhibits highlighting Florida ecosystems. The opening of Frost Science is the culmination of a process that began in 2009 with outreach workshops that polled local residents to find out what kind of science museum they aspired to visit. The Museum is pursuing LEED Gold certification utilizing a variety of environmental strategies including a rooftop solar farm, rain water cisterns, and a building design that maximizes the abundant sunshine and breezes from the bay reducing the amount of energy needed to condition the space. The Museum is also accessible via public transportation including Miami’s Metromover, Metrobus, the Miami Trolley and the city’s bikeshare program. The museum is open 365 days a year bringing science and discovery to Miami residents and visitors alike in a new, inspired setting. Vincent Chang, Partner says: “to echo the sentiments of many in the community, it has been a privilege to have been part of this journey, bringing science and true contemplation of the world around us into the heart of vibrant, ever-changing downtown Miami.”


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TUNNEL VISION! MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed the restoration of the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan's Niigata prefecture. The revitalization project sees the installation of several permanent artistic spaces along the historic lookout tunnel, with the intention of bringing back the cultural energy that once empowered the region. The "Tunnel of Light" opened on the occasion of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale.


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MAD Architects was invited to revitalize the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel – a historic, 750-meter passageway that cuts through distinctive rock formations, offering panoramic views over one of Japan's three great chasms. Drawing on the 'five elements' of nature (wood, earth, metal, fire, water), MAD's scheme transforms points along the historic tunnel through the realization of several architectural spaces and artistic atmospheres. The designs rethink the relationship between humans and nature, and seek to re-connect locals and visitors alike with the majestic beauty of the land. "Periscope" (wood). Upon the approach to the tunnel, a small wooden 'hut' has been erected that serves as the café, souvenir shop (with locally made crafts) on the ground floor. Inside the pitched cedar roof on the upper level, is a hot spring foot spa. A circular aperture – the "Periscope" – in the ceiling opens up towards the roof. Encircled by mirrored lenses that reflect the nature of the surrounding site inwards, the subtle intervention gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural scenery outdoors, while they have a foot bath and relax within the warmth of the wooden interior. "Expression of Color" (earth). The entrance to the tunnel has been restored to its former glory, and leads the way to the newly renovated passage. Originally illuminated through natural means, it has been outfitted with a series of different coloured lights which define each lookout point along the tunnel. Captured as "The Expression" of the space, their vibrancy, in combination with mysterious music, sets a subtle but dynamic ambiance that sparks a certain curiosity of the unknown for those who are wandering through. "Invisible Bubble" (metal). The first of the lookout point renovations is the "Invisible Bubble". As if landing from another world, the capsule-like structure gently mirrors the silhouette of the tunnel itself, while reflecting its surroundings. Functioning as a toilet, the wall which faces towards the gorge is transparent. This exterior window is covered in a metallic film that only allows one-way views from the inside out, playing with the notion of public and private. Providing a quiet escape, a place of solitude, it is an intimate space that finds itself in an openly public setting. It puts into question how people react when they think that no one is watching – an ideal corner of contemplation. "The Drop" (fire). 'Dew drops' are scattered along the curvature of the second lookout point. "The Drop" is a series of reflective openings that are like windows of uncertainty. While they project a reality by mirroring the natural environment, they also appear surreal, like molecules of water, they are suspended from the ceiling and walls, frozen in time. As one looks into these convex mirrors, backlit by fiery, red light, they experience an alternative connection with nature – one that is at once mysterious and warm. "Light Cave" (water). The culmination of the restoration is expressed in the form of the "Light Cave". Semi-polished stainless steel lines the tunnel, drawing the distinct rock formations, lush greenery, and turquoise water of the treasured terrain, into the enclosed space. A shallow pool of water gently ripples with the breeze of the wind. In turn, the images of the gorge reflected from the cave cast themselves onto the water – an infinite illusion of nature. The essence of the "Light Cave" brings both a lightness and stillness into the once dark, dewy tunnel, invoking a feeling of everlasting solitude.


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MAD's "Tunnel of Light" is an artistic transformation that demonstrates how art and nature can come together to reinvigorate a community. Each one of the installations, forms a poetic space where visitors can transcend the role of observer, and become an active participant – allowing individuals to place themselves in nature in unexpected ways. MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature.


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CORIUM – TRUE INNOVATION FROM OUTHAUS Already used across a range of prestigious projects in the UK, the CORIUM brick façade system from outHaus will make its Irish debut at the Architecture & Building Expo, to be held on the 5th and 6th of October in the RDS, Dublin. The system, which was introduced to the Irish market earlier this year, will be officially launched at the Expo and its impressive credentials will be on show to attendees including architects, contractors and construction professionals. Innovation is the hallmark of the CORIUM system. Not only is the actual product innovative in its design and structure but it allows architects the freedom to be innovative and adventurous in their designs. CORIUM is a brick faҫade system that combines the natural beauty of genuine brick with cost-effective fast-track installation. Rather than traditional masonry, it offers a facing brick finish for projects where a façade system is required. Part of its uniqueness and innovation lies in its ease of use; it comprises a system of interlocking steel or aluminium sections (rails) that can be mechanically fixed to most sub straights. These specially profiled rails are designed to allow profiled brick tiles to be clipped in-situ. The vertical and horizontal joints between the tiles are then pointed (using a pointing gun) to provide a natural brickwork finish. This mechanical ‘clipping’ feature is unique to CORIUM and ensures a high strength façade whilst enabling some adjustment of tile position during installation.

CORIUM has been specified by architects across the UK for a variety of projects thanks to the ‘no compromise’ aspect of the system; genuine brick tiles mean specifiers don’t have to choose between aesthetics and the convenience of a fast installation process. The system can be mounted at an angle to achieve a more dynamic finish and can also be used overhead to create soffits and ceilings. Aesthetically, the system provides specifiers with huge scope; mosaic and decorative patterns are easily achieved, adding an extra dimension to any project. The innovative system provides a real brick look that will, over time, age like a natural clay brick. An extensive colour range which has been designed to blend with or complement most new build or refurbishment projects also provides specifiers with a host of options, while the system’s easy installation eliminates brickwork and associated onsite logistics. According to outHaus, the system is six times faster than traditional brickwork, saving time and money on site. Featuring a HPS200 galvanised steel or Grade 304 stainless steel backing section (stainless steel below the DPC) and using frost resistant brick tiles, the system has an anticipated design life of 60 years in most applications. CORIUM is convenient and reliable and thanks to its industry accreditation, specifiers can be certain of its durability and strength.

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Construction professionals attending the Architecture & Building Expo in October will get the chance to see first-hand just how innovative the system actually is. For more information on the Corium System contact distributor outHaus on 01 844 1200, email or visit Alternatively, visit our showroom at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93..

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KCC LAUNCH THEIR 360 SERVICE KCC’s latest innovation will take months of preparation and groundwork off your desk.

construction is booming we knew that any innovation or system that could take this pain away, would be welcomed with open arms”.

KCC Architectural, a leading supplier of architectural products and services to the Construction Industry has always prided itself on the level of service it provides to its clients. Managing Director, Chris Kilpatrick, said “Our clients and customers have always been a key factor in our business direction and our decisions over the years to acquire new and innovative products. Like every business looking to grow and survive, we listen to what our customers need, what their ‘sticking’ points are and how we can help make their jobs and lives easier. This ethos runs through the company and is at the core of everything we do. When we look at potential acquisitions or partnerships, we ask ourselves, ‘what value will this bring to our clients?’”.

KCC’s 360 program takes architectural project PDF floorplan and creates a full project schedule and technical submittal, covering multiple product ranges such as door hardware, automatics (e.g. revolving doors, sliding doors etc), access control systems, fire screens, steel doors and risers, to name a few. This provides the architect with absolutely everything they need in terms of product datasheets and specifications, certification and fire-test evidence, and everything they require to ensure they are fully compliant with BC(A)R regulations.

KCC has continued to launch new and innovative products to the industry over the last few years. More recently their Datastore system (a database of individual datasheets along with all certification and compliance information on every single product they sell) made headlines for simplifying the lives of architects and designers across Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. In typical KCC fashion however, they wanted to enhance this offering even further and their eagerly anticipated “360” program is now available.

KCC supply this information in a format that is easy to use and understand with colour-coded indicators and an affiliated floorplan, product diagrams and functional schematics, all carefully designed and created with the end user in mind and with the intention of making everything as simple and as straight-forward as possible.

Associate Director John O’Gorman and New Product Director Steve Young have been working with architectural clients over the last few months and they are now excited to begin rolling it out to a wider audience.

“This system is going to be of huge interest to architects and contractors working on projects with multiple product-requirements. If you take a typical large-scale commercial development for example, you’re going to require internal and external automatic doors, access control, steel doors, hardware, fire screens, riser door systems, ventilation and signage at a glance, even before you consider more specific requirements. 360 will give you all of this in one, easy-to-follow and reliable technical submittal, and essentially take months of preparation and groundwork off your desk”, O’Gorman says.

Even an untrained eye can see the level of work and investment that has gone into this system, and the enormous benefits to the intended users. “360 is an innovative, cutting-edge design software which KCC have been working on in the background for the last two years”, O’Gorman tells us. “The beauty of this system lies in its apparent outward simplicity, but also in the clients understanding of the mountain of background work that this will suddenly alleviate”, he says. “For medium and large-scale projects especially, the amount of ground work required to gather every single piece of technical information, all certificates, all fire-test information, all BIM information and all Revit models is colossal. It’s tedious and time-consuming, and in a world where


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ACHESON & GLOVER Address: 127 Crievehill Road, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone Tel: 048 8952 1275 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Manufacture of concrete products for residential & commercial sectors Managing Directors: Chief Executive: Raymond Acheson, Sales/Marketing Director: Stephen Acheson

ACOL LIMITED Address: Merrywell, Drumree, Co. Meath Tel: 01 8250171 Email: Website: Main Activities: Facade restoration and conservation works wiggan pointing, tuck pointing, brick and stone cleaning. Executives: Chief Executive: Dermot Collier

BOSTIK INDUSTRIES Address: Newtown, Swords, Co. Dublin Tel: 01 8624900 Email: Website: Main Activities: Distribution of adhesive and sealant products to the builders merchants. Executives: Chief Executive: Vincent Legros Managing Director:Robert Massey Sales/marketing Director: Peter Morrissey

CAREY GLASS BRETT MARTIN LTD. Address: 24 Roughfort Road, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT36 4RB Tel: 048 9084 9999 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Underground and aboveground drainage; polycarbonate, PVC and GRP rooflights and glazing; rooflight systems. Executives: Managing Director: Laurence Martin Group Marketing Manager: Hayley Lowry

CEMFLOOR SCREED/ MCGRATHS LIMESTONE (CONG) Address: Cregaree Quarries, Cong, Co Mayo Tel: 0949553900 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Cemfloor liquid screeds, asphalt and macadam, concrete and block and high purity calcium carbonates. General quarry products.

Executives: Chief Executive: John Joe mcgrath, Sales/Marketing Director: Keith Mcgrath

Address: Bisley House, IDA Business Park, Southern Cross Road, Bray, County Wicklow Tel: 01 2769100 Email: Website: Main Activities: Manufacture of Office Furniture and Steel Storage. Executives: Managing Director: Paul Dunne Sales/marketing Director: Denise Clemenger

Address: Nenagh, Co.Tipperary Tel: 067 50700 Email: Website: Main Activities: Glass processing, external and internal glazing systems, double/triple glazed units. Executives: Chief Executive: William Carey; Managing Director: Bill Carey, Sales/Marketing Director: Pat Meagher

CREAGH CONCRETE PRODUCTS LTD COMET STONE Address: Unit 1, Duleek Business Park, Duleek, Co. Meath Tel: +353 41 9882110 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Importers & Distributors of stone

Address: 38 Blackpark Road, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim, BT41 3SL Tel: 048 796 50500 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Design, manufacture and install of precast concrete solutions to the construction industry in the UK and Ireland. Executives: Managing Directors: Seamus McKeague/Gerard McKeague/Paddy McKeague.

both Natural & Engineered, Stone Consultant to the Architect & Interior Designer sectors

Executives: Construction & Specification Director: Dave Byrne


CRH PLC Address: Belgard Castle, Belgard Rd, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Tel: 01 404 1000 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Manufacture and distribution of building materials and products. Executives: Chief Executive: Albert Manifold


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CYGNUM TIMBER FRAME Address: Macroom, Co. Cork Tel: 026 21100 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Design, engineer, manufacture and erect timber frame buildings. Executives: Managing Director: John Desmond

Address: The Square, Millstreet, Co. Cork Tel: 029 70072 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Fabricate & Erect Structural Steel. Install metal decking, roofing and wall cladding. Executives: Chief Executive: Fidelis Duggan; Managing Director: Bernard Duggan; Sales/Marketing Director: Alan Duggan

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ECOLOGICAL BUILDING SYSTEMS Address: Main Street, Athboy, Co. Meath Tel: 046 9432104 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Wholesalers to the Building Industry. Executives: Chief Executive: Mr. Richard J MacCann Managing Director: Mr. Seán Brennan. Sales/Marketing Director: Mr. Mark McKelvey.

FREEFOAM PLASTICS EJ Address: Birr, Co. Offaly Tel: 057 91 23100 E-mail: Website: Main Activities/: EJ are the worlds largest manufacturers of infrastructure access solutions for water, sewer, drainage telecomunications and utility networks Executives: Chief Executive: Jack Poindexter Managing Director: Philippe Cavaille Sales/marketing Director: Daithi Regan

GCP APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES Address: First Floor, Ballymount Retail Centre, Ballymount, Dublin 24. Tel: +353 1 6454999 E-mail: Website: www. Main Activities: Global provider of products and technology solutions for customers in specialty building materials and construction chemicals industries Executives: Chief Executive: Les Trayer Sales/Marketing Director: Kevin O’Gorman

GRAFTON GROUP PLC GEORGE QUINN LTD. Address: Corby Rock, Monaghan, Ireland Tel: 047 30070 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Wood component manufacturing. Executives: Chief Executive: Phyllis Moffett; Managing Director: Martin McGinn; Sales/Marketing Director: Vincent Murphy

IRISH CEMENT LTD. Address: Platin, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Tel: 041 9876000 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Ireland’s leading manufacturer of quality cements for 80 years. Executives: Managing Director: Jack Dalton Sales/marketing Director: Ray Molyneaux

Address: Central Commercial Park, Centre Park Road, Cork Tel: 021 4966311 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: uPVC roofline products and cladding products. Executives: Chief Executive/Managing Director: Aidan Harte

Address: Heron House, Corrig Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18 Tel: 01 216 0600 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: International distributor of building materials to trade customers in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium Executives: Chief Executive: Gavin Slark Chief Financial Officer: David Arnold

KCC ARCHITECTURAL IRISH FENCING & RAILINGS LTD. T/A IRISH FENCING SERVICES Address: Unit 21 Jamestown Business Park, Kylemore Way, Inchicore, Dublin 8 Tel: 01 6268363 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Established 1973 Irish Fencing Services specialise in The Supply and Installation of Fences Gates and Railings. They Have Branches in Cork and Newry. They are

Address: Unit 1, Westgate Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 24. Tel: 01 4567421 Email: Website: Main Activities: Door hardware, automatics & access control, steel glazing, steel doors, movable walls, fire curtains, service contracts. Executives: Managing Director: Chris Kilpatrick

CIRI and Safe-T-Cert Registered. Executives: Managing Director: Shane Winters Financial Director: Sarah Wilson Chairman: Terry Hobdell


THE KEYSTONE GROUP Address: Ballyreagh Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, BT80 9DG Tel: 028 8676 2184 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Materials supplier for the construction industry – steel lintels, roof windows, masonry support solutions, roof panel systems and offsite building components Chief Executive: Eithne Kelly

KILLESHAL PRECAST CONCRETE LTD. Address: Daingean, Co.Offaly Tel: 057 935 3018 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Manufacturer of precast concrete products Executives: Chief Executive: Frank Mulligan; Managing Director: Patrick Nolan Sales/Marketing Director: Frank Bracken

Address: Piercetown, Dunboyne, Co. Meath Tel: 01 8026300 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Ready Mix Concrete & Blocks, Dry Mortar Products, Road Surfacing & Contracting, Paving & Walling, External Wall Insulation Executives: Sales/marketing Director: David McKeown


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KINGSCOURT COUNTRY MANOR BRICK Address: Unit 26 Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17 Tel: 01 8441200 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Distribution of clay facing bricks Executives: Chief Executive: Cormac Lane Managing Director: Keith O’Sullivan

KINGSPAN INSULATION LTD. KINGSPAN GROUP PLC Address: Dublin Road, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan Tel: 042 969 8000 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric and solar integrated building envelopes

Address: Bree Castleblayney Co. Monaghan Tel: 042 9795000 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Kingspan Insulation is a market leading manufacturer of premium and high performance rigid insulation products and insulated systems for building fabric and building services applications. Executives: Chief Executive: Gene Murtagh Managing Director IRL & UK: Richard Burnley General Manager: Fergal Murphy

Executives: Chief executive: Gene Murtagh

LAYDEX LTD Address: Laydex Ltd, Unit 3 Allied Industrial Estate, Kylemore Rd, Dublin 10 Tel: +353 01 6426600 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Laydex Ltd is the leading supplier of a wide range of products to Roofing, Flooring and Builders Merchants sectors in the Irish Construction Industry. Executives: Chief Executive: Ian Woods Managing Director: Gerry Callan Commercial Director: Peter Woods

OUTHAUS GROUP NATIONAL TILE LTD. Address: Coes Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042-9337678 E-mail: Website: www. Main Activities: Wholesaler/Distributor, retailer, and supplier to Architectural, Commercial sectors. Executives: Chief Executive: Graham Purcell Sales/Marketing Director: Eamon Smyth


Address: Unit 26 Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17 Tel: 01 8441200 Email: Website: Main Activities: Specialist distributors of brick, stone, paving, tiles and bathrooms. Executives: Chief Executive: Cormac Lane Sales/Marketing Director: Keith O’Sullivan


(BROOKS TIMBER & BUILDING SUPPLIERS + DPV) Address: Old Naas Road, Bluebell, Dublin 12 Tel: 01 4190000 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Timber distributors & Builder Merchanting, Distributors of Panel Products. Executives: Managing Director: Mark Lohan

THE PREPARATION GROUP LTD Address: Preparation House, Deacon Road, Lincoln. LN2 4JB Tel: 01522 561460 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, polishing, maintaining and cleaning all types of floors and surfaces. Executives: Managing Director: Tracey Glew Technical Director: Paul Igo


RIDGEWAY Address: 103 Airport Road West, Belfast BT3 9ED Tel: 01 802 7173 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Specialist Supply Chain company to construction & engineering markets for niche construction products and civil engineering applications. Everything from site setup products , specialist access equipment, finishing products, steel metal products to landscaping

Executives: Chief Executive:Stephen Kane Managing Director: Damien Kelly, Sales/marketing Director: Keith Hennessy


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Address: Grande Central, Rockbrook, Blackthorn Drive, Sandyford, Dublin 18. Tel: 01 2971005 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Sales & Distribution of rational high performance windows and doors. Executives: Managing Director: Don O’Dowd

RMD KWIKFORM IRELAND LTD. Address: Ballyboggan Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 Tel: 01 830 2500 Email: Website: Main Activities: Hire & sale of formwork falsework and groundshoring. Executives: Managing Director: Rory McGovern; Finance Director: Martin Laffoy

Address: 14th Floor, Chiswick Tower, 389 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 4AL Tel: +44 (0) 208 222 7457 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Manufacturers of acoustic suspended ceilings, wall panel, islands and baffles made from stone wool

Executives: Sales Manager (Ireland) : Kevin Clancy Sales Director UK & ROI : Nigel Watkins Business Director: Jean-Francois Mader

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Address: Dickens House, Enterprise Way, Maulden Road, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 5BY UK Tel: +44 (0)8703 330070 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Recognised manufacturer and innovator of easy-to-apply product in EWI, renders, tile fixing & technical mortars markets. Executives: Managing Director: Pádriag Barry Mark Rapley (Sales Director), Tracey Dempster (Head of Marketing)

Address: Sig Ireland, Turnpike Road, Ballymount, Dublin 22. Tel: 01 6234541 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Suppliers of full rainscreen range including cladding and full through wall solutions. Executives: Managing Director: Mr. Aidan Doyle Sales/Marketing Director: Mr. Raymond Spain

SCHLÜTER-SYSTEMS LTD Address: Schlüter-Systems Ltd, Units 3-5 Bardon 22 Industrial Estate Beveridge Lane, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1TE Tel: +44 (0) 1530 813396 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Solutions for the support of tile and stone; including waterproofing, underfloor heating, uncoupling and profiles.

Executives: Managing Director: Mr Joachim Backes, Sales/Marketing Director: Mr Carl Stokes



Address: Sika House, Ballymun Industrial Estate, Ballymun, D11 DA2V Tel: 01 862 0709 Website: Main Activities: Supplying complete range of innovative products for problem solving in every aspect of building construction and refurbishment. Executives: Managing Director: Declan Carroll

Address: 2-4 Old Scarva Road, Tandragee, Co. Armagh, BT62 2ED Tel: 048 38841765 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Pre cast concrete Piling, Vibro Compaction, pre-cast concrete foundation packages, pre cast concrete products Executives: Managing Director: Simon Bullivant Sales Director: David McCartney

SMET BUILDING PRODUCTS LTD. Address: 93A Belfast Road, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 1QH Tel: 01 6978586 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Floor Screeds, Render, Plasterers, Professional Tiling Systems, Natural Hydraulic Lime products, Streetscape Mortars. Executives: Managing Director: Joris Smet Sales/Marketing Director: Joris Smet


TEGRAL BUILDING PRODUCTS LTD THERMO AIR IRELAND Address: Kilkenny Road, Athy, Co. Kildare R14 VN84 Tel: 059 8631316 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Manufacturer of roofing and cladding products Executives: Managing Director: Paddy Kelly Sales Director: Tadhg Donohoe

Address: Strawhall, Carlow, RG3 YE30 Tel: 059 9131646 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Design & Manufacture of bespoke air handling units Executives: Chief executive: Niall Browne Sales/marketing Director: Joe Nolan & Darren O’Reilly

VERSATILE BATHROOMS & TILES Address: Beechmount Home Park, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: 0469029444 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Leading supplier of bathrooms and tiles for 34 years. Exclusive distributors for Dornbracht, Alape, Eban, Apavisa to the architectural design community across Ireland for commercial and domestic projects.

Executives: Managing Director: Andrew Treacy Directors: Catherine Treacy, Bill Treacy, Philip Treacyy

Address: 405A Grants Court, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Dublin DA24 DA06 Tel: 01 4573900 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Distributor of engineering materials and solutions to the multi-utility, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Executives: Directors:Keith Herbert \ Barry Vize


VERSATILE HEATING COOLING VENTILATION Address: Beechmount Home Park, Navan, Co. Meath. Tel: 0469029444 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: The leading distributor in Ireland for heating, cooling & ventilation solutions for 34 years. Exclusive distributors of Zehnder and Jaga solutions. Executives: Managing Director: Andrew Treacy Directors: Catherine Treacy, Bill Treacy, Philip Treacy

Address: Clonboyne, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Tel: 1890 882 364 E-mail: Website: Main Activities: Specialist equipment rental dealing in shoring, piling, trenchless technology and pipe testing equipment.

Executives: Chief Executive: Neil Stonard - UK, Managing Director: David Williams - UKGeneral Manager Ireland: Joseph Lenihan.

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New SLABS modular range of technologically advanced large format wall and floor tiles by Apavisa, exclusively available at Versatile Bathrooms, Tiles & Stone, presents a choice of stylish solutions for any commercial or residential project. SLABS are available in size from 120cm x 260cm right down to 30cm x 60cm. The large format tiles are specially tailored to suit every room from bathrooms to bedrooms, living rooms to office spaces, resulting in a more seamless design aesthetic. SLABS are even suitable for wet room applications, with the anti-slip structured matte finish +36 PTV. SLABS Tattoo collection offers a unique, modern finish with a choice of Oxidum Décor, White Natural and Black Natural colour options sure to create an impact in any space. SLABS are sustainably produced and available at reduced lead-times to meet your project schedule. For samples and further information, please contact sÉêë~íáäÉ=~í=HPRP=EMFQS=VMO VQQQ=ö=áåÑç]îÉêë~íáäÉKáÉK íáäÉëÄóîÉêë~íáäÉKáÉK

KCC ARCHITECTURAL APPOINTMENT KCC Architectural, a leading supplier of architectural products and services to the Construction Industry are delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Healy as Group Sales Director. Patrick brings with him over 20 years of management experience gained through a long and successful career in global markets and Chris Kilpatrick, Managing Director welcomes Patrick as a valuable addition to the team. Patrick previously held leadership positions with CMS distribution, Siteserv Group, Kingspan North America and Lafarge’s Gypsum Division, and successfully positioned each business for future growth. ïïïKâÅÅ~êÅÜáíÉÅíìê~äKÅçã

WITH ROCKFON YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT Iconic Dublin landmark, Bewley’s Grafton Street, has reopened following a €12million restoration. Brendan Duffy of Gilligan Architects chose Rockfon® Mono® Acoustic ceilings, “The smooth render of Rockfon Mono Acoustic provides a seamless surface in keeping with the original. In addition, it conceals that it’s a modern acoustic treatment.” Research shows that certain sounds can complement taste. However, background noise can overwhelm our senses and impact negatively on how we experience the food we consume. Irwin Carr Consulting, Senior Consultant Acoustician, Malachy McAlister “…tests before and after the installation of Rockfon Mono Acoustic show the acoustic ceiling reduced reverberation times from 1.1 seconds to 0.7 seconds – a 35% reduction.” Bewley’s Assistant General Manager, “Before the new ceiling, noise levels could get very high, making it difficult to hear. Now the feel of the café has changed; it is much calmer and more relaxed.” Reilly Ceiling & Drywall installed the ceilings. “Rockfon Mono Acoustic is simple to work with and fits around elements such as lights with ease. There is no product on the market that can match it for acoustic performance and flexibility of design and

installation.” We’re excited to announce Gerard Clarke as Rockfon’s Specification Sales Manager for Ireland. mäÉ~ëÉ=Åçåí~Åí=dÉê~êÇ=çå=HPRP=EMFUS=MPMOTPM=çê dÉê~êÇK`ä~êâÉ]êçÅâÑçåKÅçã


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We like design with a twist. So what about these giant twisting tree-like sculptures in downtown Montreal. The striking art installation is the latest work of artist Michel de Broin, who was invited by the City of Montreal to help activate the recently developed International Civil Aviation Organization Plaza (ICAO). Dubbed Dendrites, the large-scale artworks are clad in weathering steel and are equipped with metal stairs with platforms for an interactive element. According to the designer Dendrites are branched projections of a neuron, which propagate cerebral stimulations; the term is derived from the Greek dendron, which means relative to the trees. The two sculptures Dendrites reproduce this microscopic phenomenon at the landscape scale, while recalling large trees’ barrels. Climbing the steps of these trees allows passers-by to inhabit the landscape and reconnect with its surroundings. Passers-by animate the work – like the foliage of a tree. Michel de Broin has created numerous public art works in Europe and Canada.


Plan Magazine - September/October 2018

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Plan Magazine  

September October 2018

Plan Magazine  

September October 2018