Built to the edge of a cliff face, overlooking McCurtain Street below, the full site coverage of the design demanded significant innovation in construction techniques. 50% of the fabric of the original dilapidated buildings were maintained on site, and incorporated into the new design. Scott Tallon Walker worked at an early stage with VMRA to ensure an innovative and sensible approach to sustainable design was incorporated into the project. The design team were successful in achieving considerable grant aiding from Sustainable Energy Ireland under their Model Solutions programme.
Some of the model solutions developed for the building included low energy lighting, a passive wind driven turbine ventilation system, exposed concrete ceilings as heat sinks, automated and manual tempered air intake, centralised solar panels providing hot water, centralised heating system shared by both office and residential, shared task fan ventilation for apartments.
In keeping with the local tradition of adopting a mix of cork white limestone and red sandstone on prominent buildings, materials were carefully selected to include a flamed finish granite to match the cork white limestone and a red sandstone to harmonise with adjacent brick façades and red limestone walls for the office building. The new development at St. Patrick’s Place, Cork was shortlisted for the 2009/2010 Green Awards in the Sustainable Building category.