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Keith Williams wins planning for cultural hub in Ireland

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Keith Williams Architects has secured planning permission for a new cultural centre in Ennis, west Ireland

The London-based practice was given consent by Clare County Council for the Clare County Library project – a 2,300m2 scheme for the local authority which will adjoin the town’s existing 2001-built Glór Theatre.

It will add a new county library as well as some offices for the administration of county-wide library services, and a small contemporary art gallery.

A 10m-high sinuous masonry wall will provide the outer skin to the library and art gallery, creating a new civic frontage.

Rooflights and sidelight glazed slots will bring daylight into the heart of the plan, according to the practice, and ‘incident windows’ will connect the interior with the exterior.

Technical design has started with a view to construction starting later this year.

Practice founder Keith Williams said: ‘This will be a very important building for the town of Ennis, the whole of County Clare and south-west Ireland and I am delighted it has been given the go ahead.’

Clare mayor Tom McNamara said: ‘The development of a new county library facility has long been sought after by past and present members of the council, as well as by the local community.

‘Clare County Library is one of our most valuable resources and it is appropriate, therefore, that it is provided with a modern facility befitting its status from which to continue to deliver a vitally important service to the people of Clare.’

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Keith WIlliams Architects’ Clare library - sketch

Keith WIlliams Architects’ Clare library - sketch

Project data

Type of project Cultural 
Client Clare County Council, Ireland
Architect Keith Williams Architects
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant AxisEng
Sustainability consultant AxisEng
Quantity surveyor Aecom
PSDP OLM Consultancy
Flood Risk Assessment Garland
Traffic Consultant Alan Lipscombe Traffic & Transport Consultants
Gross internal floor area 2,300m²
Form of contract and/or procurement To be advised
Total cost To be advised 

Kwa clare library 3d overview

Kwa clare library 3d overview

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