spike island (cork harbour)
JCA have been involved with the proposed redevelopment of Spike Island as a tourist attraction since their
involvement in the Master Plan completed in 2012, which included an extensive architectural heritage assessment.
All different building types were researched and recorded and the architectural responses and repair methodologies prepared for these buildings were tailored to be sympathetic to the historical uses and building technologies of all the individual building types.
Since the completion of the plan, JCA have provided architectural and conservation services for several buildings on the island, and are currently involved in Phase 1 of the regeneration of the island as a unique cultural heritage and activity destination which includes both the conservation of existing buildings and the design of new elements.
In July 2016 the exhibition Fortress Spike Island opened to the public
Fortress Spike Island was commended in the 2017 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards in the category of Conservation/Restoration
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brewery quarter (cork city)
JCA is responsible for the Counting House section of the former Breamish’s brewery site, containing historical
buildings of various types (protected structures) dating back to the 18th century.
Following detailed research and
recording, identifying and designing suitable future uses for these significant structures was undertaken. The
implementation of mitigation measures including minimising the impact of the proposed development and particularly
the increase in height included setting the additional storeys back from the original facades, while retaining the building’s structure and fabric. Several buildings on the site incorporate significant historic plant associated with the brewery which was assessed by Fred Hammond, Industrial Archaeologist. Planning permission for the overall site has
been obtained by a design team led by STW and includes an event centre.
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