University College Cork School of Pharmacy

The Cavanagh School of Pharmacy co-locates teaching facilities for the Department of Pharmacy with an advanced Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility (ABCRF). For our university client, the development of a centre of excellence in pharmaceutical teaching and research is a natural response to the internationally significant industrial cluster in nearby Cork Harbour. The harbour is home to over 100 pharmaceutical companies, including 8 of the 10 largest firms in the world. The new building includes an industry suite to facilitate partnerships with industry, ranging from startups to multinationals.


University College Cork

6,000 m²

Cork, Ireland

In Use


Client  University College Cork

Location  Cork, Ireland

Status  In Use

Area  6,000 m²

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The design of the building responds to its steeply sloping site, which drops by a full floor from south to north. Undergraduate facilities are located on the lower two levels with research facilities requiring greater security on the upper two floors.

A central atrium visually connects all four floors and creates a busy link to the existing science buildings on the site. The south façade addressing the public street is enhanced by planted brise-soleil boxes, helping to mediate the transition between the university campus and its surrounding residential context.

Specialist research laboratories for the ABCRF and associated research teams include: Biochemistry, Analytical and BioAnalytical Chemistry and Synthetic (Organic, Medicinal, Pharmaceutical, BioInorganic) Chemistry. Specialist equipment includes Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR), and a dedicated Solid State Pharmaceuticals laboratory.

Central facilities such as cold rooms, utility areas, board room and office accommodation are shared to encourage interaction and collaboration between various research teams.