Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted that on September 20th 2016 Fortress Spike Island celebrated its official opening by the Mayor of Cork Cllr. Seamus McGrath, following the completion of extensive renovation works.
Based on the Phase 1 of our 2011 Masterplan, the completed 6 million Euro Phase 1 has been co-funded by Cork County Council and Failte Ireland, turning the island into one of Ireland’s premier tourist destinations.
Regular ferry services from Cobh take visitors on a short ferry ride to the island, where visitors can see the 1850’s Punishment block, the 1985 cells and riot exhibition, the artillery gun park and Irelands largest harbour defence guns, while also enjoying the stunning views of Cork Harbour and Cobh.
The follow on phases of the €40 million master plan envisaged considerable upgrades, including the building of a state of the art museum covering the military and transportation history of Spike Island, and national aquarium and oceanography centre within the fort. External to the fort it is hoped to reopen the former village as self catering, bed and breakfast and glamping accommodation, with a visitor and accommodation retail hub to support overnight stays.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted that Keeper's House and Lodge has been shortlisted in this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards.
Elevated above a river meander, the site of Keeper House is bounded within a Special Area of Conservation encompassing magniﬁcent mature trees. A Neolithic ring fort to the north east, bears witness to the providence of the land. Views of distant mountains emerge through the trees to the east and south.
The client sought a contemporary design approach to capture the unique characteristics of the site, to include a house and a separate lodge with its own aspect and privacy. The brief proposed a low energy design, maximising visibility, connectivity and enjoyment of the natural habitat as project criteria.
The scheme is set out around a three sided walled garden, gathering vehicles in a sheltered courtyard. The south wall shifts in plane to form a shared plantroom, while also creating privacy between each dwelling. Distant views are screened, to be later revealed when entering the main social space of each house.
Common design elements are applied with subtle variation to each dwelling. Higher ceiling to social spaces, creates a dominant roof plane that ﬂoats over courtyard walls to announce entry.
The main house faces south and east, with a central kitchen core that divides the plan into entrance hallway, dining area, study and living space. The lodge faces west; a distilled version of the main house plan.
Internally, the visual dominance of tree foliage through ﬂoor to ceiling glass gives seasonal deﬁnition. Bedrooms are arranged adjacent to the line of the courtyard wall, each room having direct garden access, with an external fern garden, outside shower and hot tub off the master en-suite.
To the south, the connecting wall is planted with trained fruit trees, and forms a backdrop to a pathway which includes viewing platforms, and the river bank below, further harmonising landscape, architecture and occupant.
Queen’s University Belfast unveiled the foundation stone for its new £39 million School of Biological Sciences Building on Thursday the 9th June 2016.
Scott Tallon Walker in conjunction with White Ink were the architects appointed to the project which is due to open in 2018. It will provide state-of-the art teaching and research facilities for its 750 students and 170 staff.
The new School will help cultivate the life sciences and agri-food sectors in Northern Ireland, particularly in areas such as food safety, disease/infection biology, diagnostics, waste management, ecosystems and the environment.
Full planning permission has been granted for Phase 1 of an office development in Sandyford, Dublin designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects for 1928 Properties Ltd. The development received approval in the minimum 8 weeks with no further information requests or third party submissions. This was, in part, due to the high quality of design created by STW to meet the Client’s brief and to comply with the onerous local authority requirements as well as the robustness of the planning application documentation which included an EIS.
The site is a ‘left-over’ back-land area surrounded by warehousing, highly engineered roads and motorways carrying heavy traffic. The design challenge was to transform this into a people friendly business destination and gateway into Sandyford. This involved also working closely with the Local Authority Traffic and Parks Departments on their proposed design for a relief road through the site transforming it into an urban tree-lined boulevard avenue that, in addition to creating a desirable business address, also connects directly with the Luas public transport and the urban centre of Sandyford.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects worked collaboratively with Mitchell + Associates Landscape Architects and O’Connor Sutton Cronin Engineers to create a high quality public realm and landscape setting that incorporates water attenuation as a natural feature to attract bio-diversity. Each building includes substantial facilities for cyclists. A single level basement car park extends under the buildings.
This first phase consists of three 5 storey buildings providing approx. 24,000 sq.m of office space. Each building is approx 8,000 sq.m with a central atrium allowing maximum flexibility for a wide range of tenants. High environmental standards are achieved with each building designed to be net zero energy through passive design measures, including building form, materials and photo-voltaic panels.
Scott Tallon Walker and the project delivery team will be attending the 55th Particle Therapy Co-operative Group Conference and Exhibition in Prague from May 22nd to May 28th. We will be located at stand number 22-24.
Please drop by and visit us:55th Particle Therapy Co-operative Group Conference
STW are the lead consultant in a team of five corporations working together to deliver the new Proton Beam Therapy unit in London.
The project team consists of STW, Campbell Reith, WSP & CCRD, Harley Haddow and Bouygues UK.
The 34,600m2 facility is currently under construction in the heart of London at Grafton Way, next to University College of London Hospital, on Tottenham Court Road. When completed, it will offer a world-leading new radiotherapy to patients, which targets tumours more precisely.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects were appointed as Design & Build architects as part of the Belfast based Lagan Group and Portuguese Somague-Engenharia Joint Venture Team for the design development and construction of the new 66,000 sq.m. Ulster University campus.
This project over trebles the size of the existing Ulster University Campus, and continues the return of Ulster University back into the city of Belfast, and into the Cathedral Quarter from its campus in Jordanstown (some 11 Km north of Belfast). The project includes new accommodation for five faculties, a new library and new student’s facilities, as well as alterations to the existing university buildings.
The scheme comprises a double basement with building blocks up to 11 stories in height that are interconnected at the lower levels, and a bridge over York Street connecting the new development to the existing University Building.
Construction on site commenced in mid 2016. Presently, the 30,000 cu.m. basement is now excavated with slabs and liner walls having been poured, as well as the adjacent building having reached 2nd floor level.