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Competition: Kane Science Building, University College Cork

Kane Science Building
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University College Cork (UCC) is looking for a £16 million regeneration of its Brutalist Kane Science Building

The winner of the £1.6 million contract will deliver an internal upgrade of the landmark 11,844m2 complex which hosts the university’s computer centre and chemistry and physics laboratories.

The project, planned to complete in 2018, will also create a new façade for the 46-year-old building, which is a short distance from a new competition-winning student hub by O’Donnell + Tuomey.

The competition brief acknowledges that the building, which first opened in 1971, ‘was an important and substantial addition to the university building stock at that time. However, it is clearly in need of a major refurbishment both in terms of facilities provided and in terms of the building fabric.

‘The proposed works that form part of this commission are refurbishment of the existing physics and chemistry laboratories to bring them to a standard and environment which would be akin to working in a typical industrial laboratory environment.’

The university, in the south-west of Ireland, was founded in 1845 and is today home to around 18,000 students and 760 staff.

The Kane Science Building is in the heart of the university’s 80ha city-centre estate. In 2009, Dublin-based RKD Architects completed a strategic study exploring possible ways to renew the building.

The latest project will upgrade existing physics and chemistry laboratories inside the complex while also improving the computer centre, campus kitchen, toilets, corridors and common areas. Proposals should also overhaul the existing façade and deliver a new ‘outer skin’ for the structure.

ABK submitted a planning application for a new 4,100m² business centre at UCC two years ago. The new building will feature accelerator units, incubator units, research and training facilities, tenant spaces and a café.

Earlier this month, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Southern Region launched a separate ideas contest to re-think the future of Cork’s historic waterfront.

That project set outs to provide an alternative vision for the post-industrial area which is currently earmarked for the first phase of an 8km flood defences programme, which critics argue could ruin the city’s cultural identity and sense of place.

The deadline for applications is midday on 11 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Capital Projects Office
University College Cork
6 Elderwood
College Rd

Tel: +353 214903635
Email: cpot@ucc.ie


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