Re: cork county hall
the much needed makeover is well under way, much of the building is now unoccupied with departments moving to different locations while a refit takes place, planning authority have gone to model farm road etc.
the follow is from cork co co website
An invited competition organised by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and the Management Team at Cork County Council was held in September 1999 for the general refurbishment of the County Hall along with the provision of additional office accommodation. There were five architectural practices in the competition which was won by Shay Cleary Architects, Dublin.
The winning scheme provides an innovative solution to the facade of the tower by introducing a skin of glass louvres which respond to differing climatic conditions and allow the tower to provide a high quality naturally ventilated working environment for the first time. It is further intended to fit out the existing building to present day office standards.
A six storey extension will provide additional office space while a new concourse/foyer joins these two elements together and houses a new Council Chamber and elected members accommodation.
A new multi-level carpark building will be constructed on the south western portion of the site, a part which is presently occupied by the temporary library building.
A general rearrangement of the present on-site parking along with tree planting is also envisaged.
The scheme was presented to the Council on 28th July, 2000 and at that meeting received the necessary approval to proceed with further design development with a view to lodging a full planning submission to Cork City Council.
When complete, the finished project will provide high quality office accommodation for up to 600 people.