Clonakilty square revamp wins on the double

By Ailin Quinlan

AN eye-catching venture in Clonakilty has gained a pair of prestigious countrywide awards.

The Clonakilty 400 Task, under which the town’s historic Emmet and Astna Squares were totally re-developed, has  won  the General public Option Award category of the  Irish Architecture Awards 2014, operate by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.  

Clonakilty also received a 2nd award, the Highly Recommended award for the Irish Architecture Very best Public Place/Urban Layout Group.

In the circumstance of the Public Selection Award, Clonakilty was up against rigid competition from 47 other assignments, whilst the project came next out of four to earn Highly Counseled in the Very best General public Area//City Design and style award.

Architect Giulia Vallone, of Cork County Council’s Architecture Office, explained it would underline the value of the function played by a city architect.

‘This project is all about making space in the city centre for folks rather than for automobiles – so relatively than individuals likely out of the city centre for recreation and leaving it vacant, they are inspired to remain there, and develop a feeling of group on the streets.’ 

Equally parks received a transformative facelift as portion of the €640,000 task, which also included function on the connecting roadways.

The town park in Emmet Square, which had become run-down and was attracting some  anti-social behaviour, was meticulously landscaped. It got new paving and a new entrance connecting it with the proposed new Michael Collins museum.

The program also involved the set up of an appealing drinking water characteristic with 5 drinking water jets, eye-catching new lighting, and a bronze sculpture by artist Michael Warren.

Astna Sq., at the other stop of city, which was amongst two streets and mostly used for parking automobiles, was pedestrianised.

An eye-catching seating spot in Irish limestone was installed, as well as a little ‘pocket’ park and new lighting. The town’s historical Kilty Stone was then positioned on a new plinth.

The outcome, explains Vallone, is an obtainable, folks-welcoming area which encouraged espresso outlets and dining establishments to open up up.

Each squares now provided wonderful  open up-air options for various neighborhood activities, she mentioned.

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