Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects has been granted planning permission for this mixed-use development in the city of Sligo in the Republic of Ireland. The scheme, to include 16 apartments and six new retail spaces, is the first project the practice will construct outside Britain. The building is part of a masterplan, funded by developer Louis Doherty, which will see Sligo's courthouse and public spaces redeveloped. The firm has worked on the scheme for almost four years and, according to partner Alan Dunlop, it was a 'difficult site that initially included the removal of Teeling House, a building with some historic interest'. The move was opposed by residents and politicians alike, and the scheme had to be rethought.
The second design, says Dunlop, now addresses a public space and the building will be constructed to look 'like it has been hewn from limestone'. The scheme will be particular to the area's context; but, Dunlop maintains, 'there will be nothing else like it in Sligo'.