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Housing Minister Simon Coveney Launches Architecture Ireland ‘The Cork Issue’

Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Housing Minister launches specialist publication which shines a spotlight on Cork as Ireland’s ‘Second City’.

The RIAI’s Journal takes a close look at ‘Cork Towards a Second City’

AICork_RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen_MinisterSimon Coveney_RIAI President CarolePollard_AI_Editor_Sandra OConnell

Launch of the Architecture Ireland - The Cork Issue:  From LR ’RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen. Minister Simon Coveney, RIAI President Carole Pollard and Architecture Ireland Editor, Sandra O'Connell

April 10th, Cork: Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D launched ‘The Cork Issue’ of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Journal, Architecture Ireland, at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in University College Cork. The RIAI is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland.

It is the first time ever the RIAI has editorially focused on just one location – and Architecture Ireland takes a close look at the topic ‘Cork Towards a Second City’. The Cork Issue is also the RIAI’s largest edition of Architecture Ireland in almost a decade.  Among the highlights of The Cork Issue are:

  • A cover story featuring the Beaufort Laboratory – a maritime energy research and national ocean testing facility at Ringaskiddy by McCullough Mulvin Architects – which demonstrates the pioneering research being carried out at UCC.
  • The new Michael Collins Museum in Clonakilty by JCA Architects and the Clonakilty Masterplan (Phase2) by Municipal Architect Giulia Vallone for Cork County Council – both exemplars in successful place making and the importance of quality design in Irish towns.
  • The transformation of a former fire station in Cork County into the ‘My Place’ community resource centre by Horgan Carroll Architects and the One Albert Quay Offices by Henry J Lyons Architects in Cork city.
  • In addition to these built projects, Architecture Ireland features a large section of projects currently in planning or under construction – from O'Donnell + Tuomey's new Student Centre at UCC and the Brewery Quarter Student Accommodation on South Main Street by Scott Tallon Walker to Henry J Lyon's Stryker Global Innovation Centre and Wilson Architecture's Capitol Building project and many more.

Speaking at the launch event, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D commented: “As Minister of Housing it is of particular interest to see featured, three proposed social housing schemes in Cork City, a further phase of the regeneration of Knocknaheeney and two infill projects at Gerald Griffin Street and Deanrock. I am pleased to have been able to approve a budget of almost €40 million for these schemes which will deliver 154 high quality social dwellings in excellent locations as part of Cork City’s ambitious Social Housing programme.

This edition also reiterates the need for balanced regional development as initiated in the consultation document “Ireland 2040 Our Plan” which I launched in February. The Docklands on both sides of the river have been identified as the best opportunities for significant expansion for both offices and dwellings and I was therefore very pleased to announce an allocation of €15.5 million under the LIHAF programme to address infrastructure deficits in the South Docklands area, which should deliver lands for up to 700 houses.

I have similarly approved LIHAF investment of over €20 million to deal with infrastructure deficiencies in Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Glanmire and Middleton, to unlock the delivery of over 1,700 dwellings in the next number of years. Whilst we are all aware of the significant challenges which face us in the delivery of housing, we have always taken the approach that there can be no compromise on quality, and it is particularly welcome that this edition of Architecture Ireland records the high quality being achieved by architects in a variety of both completed buildings and projects now on the drawing board in Cork City and County.”

RIAI President, Carole Pollard added: “There is no doubt that great buildings and quality infrastructure improve economic efficiencies and protect our international competitiveness.  In this context, the importance of creating hubs outside of the capital cannot be underestimated so The Cork Issue explores how Ireland’s Second City is performing in terms of the built environment. What this issue of Architecture Ireland demonstrates is the high level of talent, expertise and skills of architectural practices in Cork and throughout Ireland which contributes significantly to the creation of such a quality built environment.”

The topic ‘Cork Towards a Second City’ is explored through a series of essays, opinion pieces and features on both built and unbuilt work throughout Cork city and county.  Projects were identified following an open call out to RIAI members and visits by the Architecture Ireland editorial team.  

Other highlights include:

  • A discussion by Urbanist and Architect James Pike on a new masterplan for the Henry Ford Factory site.
  • A debate on the topical issue of Cork flood defences by architect Louise Cotter and John Kelly from the OPW.
  • The exploration by Architect Sean Kearns of Cork city’s negative population trend over the past 50 years and the identification of significant growth opportunities, particular in the Cork Docklands.
  • Historic architectural exemplars including the 1920s Henry Ford Factory in Cork Docklands (Ireland's first FDI project) and the iconic O'Flaherty House by Scott Tallon Walker  in Kinsale.

The Cork Issue also features a poll of the best places to visit in Cork City and County, as chosen by proud Corkonians and visitors to Ireland’s ‘Second City’.

The launch of Architecture Ireland’s Cork Issue at the Glucksman Gallery Cork is supported by Cygnum Timber Frame.

For media queries and press copies of Architecture Ireland, please contact:
Anna Kavanagh, Drury|Porter Novelli, 087 692 9458 / anna.kavanagh@drurypn.ie
Grace Cooney, Drury|Porter Novelli; 086 153 6886/ grace.cooney@drurypn.ie

About the RIAI and Architecture Ireland
Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland supports and regulates the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit.  Edited by Dr. Sandra O’Connell, Architecture Ireland is the official journal of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland. Its objective is to be a forum for excellence in architecture and design, featuring the work of RIAI Registered architects in Ireland and abroad, alongside topical issues.

For more information, please visit www.riai.ie or follow the RIAI and Architecture Ireland on Twitter: @RIAIonline and @archireland.

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