Scott Tallon Walker

The awards ceremony took place at the Burlington Hotel on Thursday, April 14th 2011. Scott Tallon Walker Architects were shortlisted for 2 categories and were successful in the Green Building Award for Aviva Stadium

The following are the submissions entries:


The awards ceremony took place on Saturday night, 26th March in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin.

The Irish Concrete Society Awards recognise excellence in the design or construction of a completed concrete building, structure or element.

The competition has been running since 1979 and attracts a wide range of entries from small and large projects alike. The awards are open to Clients, Architects, Consulting Engineers, Materials Suppliers, Contractors or others directly involved with the nominated project and must refer to completed work, located in Ireland.

The Irish Concrete Society was established in 1973 to cater for the needs of all who have an interest in concrete, in its widest sense. It is the primary organization in Ireland concerned with the technical aspects of design and construction in concrete.


The shortlist for the 2011 Green Awards is now published. The awards ceremony will take place at the Burlington Hotel on Thursday, April 14th 2011.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects has been shortlisted in two categories.

In the Green Building Award category, we have been shortlisted for the Department of the Environment Decentralised Offices, Wexford and the Point Vilage. Populous & Scott Tallon Walker Architects have been shortlisted for Aviva Stadium.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects has also been shortlisted for The Green Professional Services Award.

The aim of the Green Awards is to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage green best practice amongst organisations and individuals.

The awards are in 7 categories that broadly reflect an organisations commitment to sustainability, it's key sustainability aspects (waste, energy, chemicals), innovation for sustainbility and the entrants influence on engaging it's supply chain in sustainability programs.

The promotion of environmental sustainability within our practice is one of the key principles central to our philosophy and design approach. The realization of responsible, dynamic, and environmental design is, we believe, central to the creation of healthy, uplifting buildings and environments that benefits us all as a global community.

In 2010 Scott Tallon Walker Architects were awarded certification for their Environmental Management System in compliance with ISO 14001:2004 in the Dublin, Cork Galway and London offices including both design responsibility as well as our office management. Scott Tallon Walker Architects were the first major Architectural Practice to achieve this certification in Ireland.

Staff at Scott Tallon Walker Architects are Qualified Assessors in BREEAM and are Qualified Members of BER (Buildings Energy Rating) and IBEM (Irish Building Energy Model).


The building which formerly housed the PJ Carroll & Company factory has now been opened as the DKIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts. The transformation has involved an investment of €38 million which according to the Taoiseach represents “a vote of confidence in the Institute’s future and will help further strengthen its capacity to drive economic regeneration in the northeast”. Located on a 45-acre site, the one-time cigarette factory is a listed building having captured national and international attention when built more than 40 years ago to designs by architect Ronnie Tallon of Scott Tallon Walker Architects who was among the distinguished guests at the official opening.

The original building became a symbol of Ireland’s emerging industrial base and the shift towards improved working environments. Having been acquired by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) for more than €18m in 2002, almost €20m of National Development Plan funding has since been invested in refurbishing part of the building that now provides approximately 11,000 sq metres of accommodation for the Institute’s School of Informatics & Creative Arts. The Carroll’s Building now accommodates more than one-fifth of DkIT’s 6,200 third- and fourth-level students.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects led the refurbishment programme with John Sisk & Son Ltd as main contractors.

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The LAMA Awards, now in their fifth year recognises excellence in construction at local, county and national level. The annual awards ceremony commends individuals, initiatives, private companies and people for their outstanding contributions and projects of benefit to the community.

The LAMA Awards were held on the 22nd of January 2011 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects were overall winners in each of the 3 categories in which we were nominated.

Best Architect was awarded to Scott Tallon Walker for a diversity of public/private projects and for our contribution to the community, CSR (corporate social responsibility), sponsorship, committees, voluntary work, lectures and charities.

The National Impact Award recognises large developments from across the country that had an impact on the nation as a whole. Populous & Scott Tallon Walker Architects were nominated by South Dublin County Council for Aviva Stadium.

Aviva Stadium also took the Best Civil Engineering Project Award for Aviva Stadium which was nominated by South Dublin County Council.


If Sean Lemass and TK Whitaker invented modern Ireland, it was Ronnie Tallon preimently among his peers who put shape on it.

THERE’S AN APOCRYPHAL story about a young architect who joined the staff of Scott Tallon Walker. He was given a project to draw up – it had already been designed, of course – and came to believe that the staircase was in the wrong place. So he sought a meeting with Ronnie Tallon to discuss the matter. Ushered in to the great man’s presence in his grand office on the piano nobile of 19 Merrion Square, the young architect explained his reservations about having the staircase so rigidly aligned on the modular grid of the building, and had the temerity to ask: “Why do we have to do it like this?” Dr Ronald Tallon, in his characteristic halting voice derived from an early speech impediment, simply replied: “Because God . . . is watching.” The young architect might have been in two minds about whether Ronnie was referring to The Man Above, or simply to himself as the autocratic pater familias of Ireland’s leading architects.

Talking over lunch at his modernist glass, steel and concrete brick home in Foxrock – itself an homage to his architectural hero, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, whose Farnsworth House in Illinois provided the template – Tallon laughs at the story and admits that it could even be true. Because, to him, modernism is the one true religion. The flat-roofed house on a beautiful wooded site adjoining Foxrock Golf Club was built in three phases, starting in 1969, and provides a tranquil home for Ronnie and his wife Nora, both now in their early 80s. Amazingly, given its location, he recalls that they bought the then swampy two-acre site in the mid-1960s for just £2,000. Even by then, Tallon was already in the front rank of Irish architects, with two Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) gold medals – one for the RTÉ television studios at Montrose and the other for the GEC factory in Dundalk, both completed in the early 1960s. Now he has won the RIAI’s first James Gandon Medal for lifetime achievement.

At the award ceremony, sculptor Michael Warren spoke of the “exhilarating experience” of collaborating with Ronnie over the past 30 years, while Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan described him as “my most unforgettable character . . . the only man who has consistently changed my mind” – and usually got his own way, in the end. If Seán Lemass and TK Whitaker invented modern Ireland, it was Ronnie Tallon, pre-eminently among his peers, who put shape on it, with a range of major buildings that have (mostly) stood the test of time – along with his mentor Michael Scott, partner in practice Robin Walker, and others such as the late Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney.

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