Scott Tallon Walker

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.



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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.

Festival map


Continuing from the success of Aviva Stadium in the RIBA Awards in 2011, Scott Tallon Walker Architects has again taken an RIBA Award, this time for the refurbishment of Carroll's Factory, previously design by Scott Tallon Walker.

It is not often that a firm gets a chance do a makeover of one of their masterpieces. The Original Carroll's Factory which was completed in 1970 has received architectural recognition as one of Irelands finest modern industrial buildings designed in a Mesian style. The original building became a symbol of Ireland’s emerging industrial base and the shift towards improved working environments.

In 2002, the building was acquired by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), to accomodate teaching and administrative facilities for the departments of Informatics and Creative Arts.

The challenge was to accomodate 10,000 sq metres of accommodation for the Institute’s School of Informatics & Creative Arts without comprimising the architectural integrity of a building which is designated a protected structure while increasing the energy rating from G to B1.

The refurbishment of the PJ Carrolls factory in Dundalk is an example of how the best principles of sustainable design may be applied to a protected structure.

RIBA Award 2012 - Project Information


5/12/2011 - Paragon of Sustainability - From the ashes of a cigarette factory

21/2/2011 - The PJ Carroll & Company factory has now been opened as the DkIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts


RIBA Awards - PJ Carrols Factory, Ireland - Wexford council HQ and Dundalk factory named among EU’s best buildings

Building Design - RIBA award winners halved


Scott Tallon Walker Architects were appointed in late 2010 to develop the concept design and construction documentation for both the new 14,600 sq.m. College of Movement and Sports Science and the 40,000 sq.m. Sports Campus suitable for international events, at King Saud University, Riyadh by Saudi Bin Laden Group.

Our role was to liaise directly with the end users and KSU Projects Office to agree the project brief, then to deliver the full detail design for both buildings while working closely with our client SBG to manage costs and program.

King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from Scott Tallon Walker Architects on Vimeo.

The College Building consists of laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, offices and common social areas and was instructed to be designed in keeping with the overall masterplan requirements for material and colour selection.

Start on site date: April 2011 Completion date: September 2012.

The Sports Campus, being a centre for international events as well as college use, breaks the rules of the masterplan and is essentially two buildings connected at lower ground floor. It includes a 7,000 seat indoor athletics arena, racquet courts, mats, gymnasium, student facilities and 50m & 25m Olympic swimming pools, all to FINA standard.

Start on site date: September 2011 Completion date: December 2013


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