Keith Williams Architects has won planning consent for its competitionwinning scheme for new civic offices, a library and a debating chamber in Athlone, Ireland. The 3,800m 2building for client Athlone Urban District Council is to be built on a site currently occupied by the town's outdated civic offices.The new building will face the 19th century St Mary's Church and associated Jacobean tower across a new town square. While clearly contemporary in style, its pale stone facades are in keeping with Athlone's most significant historic buildings, including the Shannon Bridge and the Catholic and Anglican churches. KWA's building is to be the focal point of a regeneration strategy for Athlone town centre, devised by the National Buildings Agency in Dublin, which includes two new town squares as well as residential and commercial development.
Arup is the engineer and Patterson Kempster & Shortall is the cost consultant. Construction is due to start early next year.