Scott Tallon Walker

University College Cork - Tyndall National Institute



2006 - 2009
Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork

University College Cork
6250 sq.m

Cork City Centre Better Building Awards / Best Corporate Workplace

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The Tyndall National Institute at the National University of Ireland, Cork, is one of Europe’s leading nano-technology research centres, specializing in ICT hardware research commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers.

Tyndall has a critical mass of over 370 scientists and support staff. The Institute is located in a physically constrained riverside site, within a listed 19th century distillery complex. The form of the new 5600sqm research building stems primarily from its scientific brief, but responds also to the existing buildings on this sensitive site.


Three floors of flexible laboratory space were built over a tall ground floor housing clean rooms. A sub-fab basement extends well below the water table on site. A new atrium links the laboratory building to offices and write-up space in the listed Maltings Building.

Wherever possible, we believe that buildings should showcase the work carried out within. At Tyndall, a glass wall allows views from the main concourse into the FAB (clean room) so that laboratory researchers are highly visible as they carry out the most exciting work in the Institute.


The brief requirements for the project included Class 10,000, Class 1000 and Class 100 clean rooms for handling silicon and 3/5 compound substrates, laid out using a mixture of ‘ball room’ and ‘bay and chase’ designs.

Sustainability was a key driver in this development, as demonstrated in everything from the choice of water-cooled scientific equipment to the use of strobic fans and heat recovery on fume cupboard extracts. The new building achieved a 73% reduction in CO2 emissions per researcher per annum and has helped the Tyndall to become the first research institute in the world to achieve accreditation to the new international Energy Management Standard ISO 50001:2011.