St. Angela’s College

  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Alice Clancy
  • © Dennis Gilbert
  • © Dennis Gilbert

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Republic of Ireland

Local Authority Area

Cork

Information about this scheme

St. Angela’s College is situated on a steeply sloping site in Cork city centre. The project was developed out of a careful process of subtraction and addition, a critical evaluation of the possibilities offered by the constraints of the context. The school is designed like a hill-town, with city lanes and terraced courts connecting the new and old together. New interventions work their way down the hill, passing between existing historic buildings. A continuous external route negotiates the 18 metre drop in site levels, connecting orchard garden, courtyards, classrooms, and playgrounds. The transition from initial feasibility studies to eventual completion of construction works on site was a slow process lasting sixteen years. St.  Angela’s College is an example of sustainable urban development and resilient community life. Against the odds, the College has remained committed to staying in the city, to working within the limits of its constrained and steeply sloping site, holding its ground and sustaining its engagement with the local community. It challenges the tendency towards urban sprawl.

Credits

Architect

O'Donnell + Tuomey

Client

Department of Education & Skills

Structural Engineer

Malachy Walsh and Partners

Services Engineer

Arup Consulting Engineers

Quantity Surveyor

John J. Casey & Co.

Conservation Architect

Jack Coughlan Associates

Fire Engineering

Cantwell Keogh Fire Engineering

Access Consultant

Fionnuala Rogerson Architects

Main Contractor

L&M Keating

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education