Old and New Architecture, Side by Side
Occupying an elevated site at St Patrick’s Hill for well over a century, St Angela’s College Cork has in recent years come under increasing pressure to accommodate its growing academic population. Addressing this need has been a mammoth undertaking that has entailed the restoration of protected structures on site, the provision of a number of new buildings, not to mention re-locating the students and staff to a temporary site a mile away. Award winning Irish architects O’Donnell Tuomey have been instrumental in the design of the new school campus, cleverly combining old and new buildings to maximise their functionality and appearance, whilst striving to make the best use of what can only be described as a limited building space!
Cork’s Built Heritage
Located in an architectural conservation area the original 19th Century Ursuline Convent, Main House and High School building are all protected structures, and the school itself has been an important feature of the area for many years, occupying a prominent position on the hill overlooking Cork City. Retaining the fabric and character of the individual buildings and the site as a whole were underpinning principles of the ODT design. Sixteen Thousand new Bangor Blue Slates were supplied by LBS to re-roof the 3 protected structures on site, not only giving them a new lease of life, but also tying them into the existing urban landscape around them. Great care and attention was taken at the design stage of this project by ODT to ensure that where possible views of the historic buildings were maximised.
Engineered by nature
Even by today’s standards Bangor Blue Welsh Slate is still one of the most durable materials in the world. Over the lifetime of a building a Welsh Slate roof still delivers unrivalled quality, durability and value for money. Guaranteed for a minimum of 100 years and proven to last far in excess of this, Bangor Blues are unreactive to pollutants, and require little or no ongoing maintenance. It was these unique properties that also saw Welsh Slate used for walling cladding on sections of the school exterior.
For more information
Project Architect: O’Donnell Tuomey Architects
Main Contractor: LM Keating
Thanks to Henrik and Maeve at ODT.
Link to detailed ODT report http://www.stangelascollege.ie/architects-plans-for-the-new-school/