The Cork office of RA+U were commissioned to develop the Residential Quarter of the €160million Horgan's Quay urban design and regeneration development in Cork. Working with Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland, RA+U designed the 216 apartment brick clad residential scheme drawing on the groups extensive experience to deliver the 11 storey buildings.
The overall 'HQ' development will provide 230 apartments, a 136-bed hotel, 37,000 m2 of offices and new retail, restaurant and leisure uses. It also provides 4,000 m2 of new public space adjoining the river Lee and forming a new approach to the city's main railway station.
Reddy Architecture + Urbanism designed the Residential Quarter element of the scheme, creating a brick-clad high-quality apartment development ranging in height from seven to eleven storeys and providing for retail and commercial uses at ground floor level.
The development consists of a series of blocks arranged in a sinuous form around a west facing garden deck and includes the conservation of the old Stationmaster's Building which is repurposed for community and leisure facilities. The Stationmasters Building is the main visitor access to the development and is approached from Railway Street by means of a formal garden space.
The apartment blocks address a series of public plaza spaces at ground level with retail units providing services to the residents and office workers and also vital active street frontage to the public realm.
The architectural expression is one of carved brick volumes with recessed windows and balconies with elevations made of vertically staggered brick piers. The design, while contemporary, takes into consideration its location in the context of a Georgian and Victorian riverside cityscape, particularly with respect to the proportions of widows and openings of the grand houses on the ridge visible to the north of the development.