Gardens International (The Hanging Gardens)

  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Andrew Campion
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Paul Tierney
  • © Carr Cotter Naessens

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Republic of Ireland

Local Authority Area

Limerick

Information about this scheme

The characteristically rational and elegant grid form of Georgian streets and squares in Limerick was established in the 18th century and provides the location of the Hanging Gardens.

The original developers, Thomas and William Roche, were successful businessmen who founded a bank in 1801 and moved its headquarters in 1806 to the area, building an extensive complex of stone vaults to the rear on land extending to Henry Street. The massive stone vaults were topped with terraced gardens, incorporating a sophisticated system of irrigation and greenhouses for the cultivation of exotic fruits and affording panoramic views of the River Shannon and its lush hinterland.

Acquired by Limerick City and County Council in 2015, the project comprises 3 elements: the restoration of historic buildings on the street, including an 18th century bonded warehouse upon which were arranged Roches Hanging Gardens and the remnants of the General Post Office, a new mixed-use building and the completion of an office building that had been commenced and abandoned during the recession.

Uniting all of these elements at ground level is a marble hall for meetings and events. The project is certified LEED Gold and the green ethos underpins the design strategy which includes green spaces accessed by staff, excellent daylight and views. The reprisal of this project offers an opportunity to create a unique workplace development in the heart of the city, the first regenerating project for Limerick 2030.

The work to these heritage buildings, was carried out in accordance with the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines 2004. The situation of the new buildings in the curtilage of protected structures and in an Architectural Conservation Area demanded that appropriate and considered design solutions were implemented to protect and enhance the special heritage values, unique characteristics and distinctive features of the area. The development is not merely a building, but an assembly of buildings, a piece of the city, a mosaic of old and new.

Credits

Architect

Carr Cotter Naessens and Denis Byrne Architects

Client

Limerick2030 DAC

Primary Use Class

Class A2 - Financial and Professional Services