Scott Tallon Walker

Scott Tallon Walker Architects is pleased to confirm that its international arm, STWA Overseas Ltd., is now partnering with Usamah M Al-Kurdi Engineering Consultations, to provide a premium and professional architectural and engineering service within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects have a long established relationship with the Middle East region. Recently, the firm has been commissioned to work on large scale projects in the health, venue and education sectors, having completed the designs for the Royal Maternity Hospital in Bahrain and for the College of Sports Science and Physical Activity as well as the sports campus at the King Saud University in Riyadh, projects which are currently under construction.

To date, Scott Tallon Walker has provided architectural services to consultants within the Kingdom. This new association will enable the practice to contract directly.



Scott Tallon Walker may be contacted at its Riyadh office through Kevin Bates. ( / +966 50 0126012)


Scott Tallon Walker’s vision for Spike Island to become a major new international tourist destination was adopted by Cork County Council in November 2012, with the publication of our Master Plan.

Compiled by a team of experts lead by STW, the document plans out the magnificent opportunity to create a new 100 acre National Park on the water, with the 40 acre Mitchel Fort at its centre, renovated and developed as a complex of cultural heritage attractions and museums.

Geared to meet the challenges of current funding, the project calls for the leveraging of the island’s unique historic and geographic characteristics to offer a variety of visitor experiences, from community based projects, to adventure tourism to re-enactments of military and penal life, to exhibitions, a major aquarium and learning centre dedicated to oceanography and the expansive marine resources of Ireland’s Continental Shelf.

The proposed attractions comprise three separate, but closely related, product groups which can be developed over three main phases.

Phase 1 is generally small scale and focused on the Island environment and its history.

Phase 2 concentrates on The Fort Experience, living history interpretation, enhanced fort tours, and visitor services etc.

Phase 3 will include a major attraction combining a uniquely designed aquarium with demonstrations of the extraordinary marine research being conducted by Cork-based education and research institutions.

The Island management is also expected to target summertime events and concerts, as a participating venue in the existing city and county festival calendar, growing to independent and national events with capacities of over 6,000 people.

The project promotes the clustering of economic development potential in the lower harbour area through phased investment in quality ferry services and linkages between Cobh, Spike, Haulbowline and other waterside villages and attractions.

Over the past four centuries, Spike Island has been both an important military & coastal defence post, and a place of imprisonment. Up to recent times, this fascinating island has not been freely accessible by the public. With the transfer of ownership to Cork County Council, in 2010, Spike Island’s situation changed radically, entering a new existence as a recreational and tourist destination. Already, it has attracted several thousand visitors, and this most recent plan aims to increase visitor numbers to well over 200,000 per annum.

Irish Times - Ireland calling: 21-gun salute marks the Gathering

Irish Independent - Gathering kicks off with a bang

Irish Examiner - Cork brings out the big guns for the Gathering

Irish Independent - Spike in tourists on the cards with €40m 'Alcatraz' plan

The Gathering 2013


As part of the Open House Programme, RTE's Arts Tonight programme featured buildings by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.


The programme visits Busáras, the first major modernist building in Ireland, designed by Michael Scott 60 years ago; Donnybrook Bus Garage; and the recent Commissioner of Irish Lights building in Dún Laoghaire.

In studio: architect Niall Scott, chairman of Scott Tallon Walker, architect and critic Shane O'Toole and director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, Nathalie Weadick.

The podcast is available from the RTE Radio 1 website.


The Irish Architecture Foundation Open House Programme takes place between the 5th and 7th of October 2012. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts generously volunteer their time over the weekend, including architects, planners, students and more, to allow the general public access to buildings that exemplify architecture in Dublin.


A 20 bed inpatient Cystic Fibrosis ward and 10 bed Cystic Fibrosis day-ward, provided within the new 100 bed Nutley Wing at St. Vincent's University Hospital, has just been completed.

The lessons we learned from designing the temporary inpatient accommodation for Cystic Fibrosis patients at St. Vincent's University Hospital, and observing it in use, have informed the design of the new permanent Nutley Wing. A very simple example includes the provision of additional storage space for personal effects – within the parameters of infection control - as teenage patients in the existing ward have been observed to bring a greater plethora of beauty products, games consoles, laptops, dvds, etc, than is typically anticipated in designing facilities for adult patients!

The provision of 100% en-suite single rooms in this new facility will yield tremendous clinical benefits to immuno-compromised patients, and provide greater dignity and privacy for patients and visiting family and friends. The rooms are also sufficiently large to accommodate relatives who may wish to stay with the young patient overnight.

The design of new facilities acknowledges the increasing role of information technology in all aspects of hospital care. For most adolescents and young adults, smart-phones and social networking are a key element of their daily lives. Wherever feasible, Wi-Fi access in bedrooms and common areas will allow patients to remain in touch with the world outside the hospital via their own smartphones.

In the new Cystic Fibrosis unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital, we have specified an advanced patient entertainment system including X-box games and internet access, all integrated into the medical pendant, to improve the quality of life for young patients.



Irish Independent - CF unit finally set to open

Irish Times - Cystic fibrosis unit 'a tribute'

RTE - Cystic fibrosis patients transferred to new €22m facility at St Vincent's


As part of a pilot 3 week work experience programme, Scott Tallon Walker Architects recently took three architectural students from King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The students, Yazeed Hussein, Naif Alhaydan and Alaa Mahrous have recently completed their 3rd year of Architecture and were accompanied by their professor Dr Imad Otahbachi for initial part of their stay.

During their time here Yazeed, Naif and Alaa gained some understanding about the way we work and also about the systems we have put in place that help us to deliver projects of the highest quality. We felt it was important that they go away feeling enriched, inspired and eager to share their experience with their families, lecturers and fellow students.

View some of the highlights on Flickr

Ronan Phelan was their mentor and he produced a very detailed programme, which included practical participation in existing projects, attending in house training/seminars and visiting sites of recently completed projects and existing projects under construction in our Dublin, Cork and Galway offices.

Yazeed, Naif and Alaa were particularly interested in sustainable design and developed their knowledge of Sustainability through an analysis of the King Saud University Sports Campus and Fitness College in Riyadh, making proposals on what benefits the introduction of sustainable measures might bring to a major project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To assist in the development of their ideas, Pat Kirwan & Rich DePalma of our sustainability group held a number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops which were open to all STW staff.

At the end of the work experience programme on Friday 29th June, Yazeed, Naif and Alaa presented their work and experiences to STW staff.

This work experience programme is a very important initiative by STW that has great potential to be rewarding for both STW and students undertaking the programme. Our intention will be to increase the number of students in the following years and hopefully develop a very successful, worthwhile relationship with King Saud University and other participating universities. Preliminary discussions were held also held with the UCD School of Architecture regarding potential programmes KSU Post Graduate students might be eligible to participate in.

We hope that the students have obtained great benefit and experience from working at Scott Tallon Walker Architects.


The Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale 2011-2012 is an 8 day festival of marine, sport, culture and arts, entertainment and food. Scott Tallon Walker Architects are pleased to be providing conservation advice to the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Grand Finale event and the Global Village at the Claddagh. We are delighted to be among the event patrons who have contributed to the success of this event.

The 2012 Volvo Ocean Race event in the historic landscape of Galway Docks and Corrib Estuary is making a vital contribution to the economic sustainability of our heritage. This event can enhance the enjoyment of countless visitors of the Harbour’s built heritage and protected landscape. The festival site this year is extended to include the Global Village across the harbour which will add to the entertainment and hospitality focus of the Race Village.

The temporary bridge structures needed to facilitate this event have been carefully positioned and designed by LetsDoItGalway to protect sites and landscapes of heritage importance. This recognises not only the organisational issues associated with the very large crowds expected for this occasion but will temporarily enhance the significance of a protected landscape and the contribution of its setting.

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