Scott Tallon Walker

Shannon Air Traffic Control Centre



1996 - 2000
Shannon Airport, Co. Clare

Irish Aviation Authority
7800 sq.m

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland / Selected for Exhibition

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Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), required a key component in the national air navigation system: a new ‘state of the art’ air traffic control centre to provide safe control of all air traffic operating in Irish airspace, including all over flying aircraft on the busy North Atlantic routes. An international architectural competition ensued. 

Our winning approach was simple: to develop an organising principle, that allowed the various components of the brief to expand separately. The glazed links between the main accommodation elements provide a welcoming entry point, while the curved and metallic expressions of the various masses reflect the high level technology of the function accommodated within; a rigorous ergonomic working environment capable of sustaining a busy ATC service operating twenty four hours per day, year round.

In addition to the primary ATC function, the facility includes an education unit for the full time training of national and overseas ATC students together with a full administration section.  

Designed to deal with any emergency, a fully integrated design solution for M&E provides a triple system of redundancy to individual services. Levels of operator awareness are enhanced through ergonomic principles and adopting excellent acoustic design techniques and providing a high level of controllable daylight throughout.