Re: Re: Milk Market

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Conservation ~ Restoration (1994)

Architects Murray O’Laoire

Conservation and restoration of an existing historic building for use as a retail market space, providing for 17 permanent shops and 30 covered or open stalls in the courtyard.

The project was exhibited in the 1994 RIAI Regional Awards and published in the catalogue the ‘Preservation of the European Commission Architectural Heritage’ 1992.

In 1998, the project received a Commendation in the RIAI Conservation Medal Award for the period 1987-1992.

The regional and touristic importance of the market is emphasised by it’s continuing use as a weekly general market with an emphasis on horticultural produce from small holders, including fruit, vegetables, plants, home-made foods etc. This is of particular interest and attraction to visitors, tourists and compliments the recent completion of nearby urban renewal restoration and tourism projects, including the Arthur’s Quay Centre, Park and Tourist Office, together with Cruises Street.

The overall concept is one of faithful restoration of the original form of the market as far as possible. However, the new pattern of uses such as the lock-up shops and the more formal layouts of the stalls in the courtyard and the more public use of the market house will have physical implications. The design, detailing and selection of materials was handled in a subtle and sensitive way so that the original ambience of the market was retained.

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