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ABBY QUARTER MASTERPLAN

Facts

The former Smithwick’s Brewery is located on the banks of the River Nore, in the centre of Kilkenny City.  The Brewery, which had been in operation for 300 years on the site, was closed by Diageo in 2013, having decided to centralise beer production at its St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.  

The masterplan site comprises an area of 8.25 hectares (20.4 acres) and lies at the heart of the medieval core of Kilkenny City Centre.

It was Kilkenny County Council’s aspiration, to create an urban design layout and architectural framework to provide a new urban mixed use quarter for Kilkenny City in a socially inclusive and sustainable manner, which will:


Floor area

8.25 hectares (20.4 acres)







Features

In order to identify options for the re-development of the site, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, (RIAI), and Kilkenny Local Authorities joined in an urban design process for the Brewery site. Supported by the Departments of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Government’s Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, a Colloquium was held in December 2012 and February 2013. This process involved eleven of Ireland’s leading architects, along with planning, engineering and property advisors.

This unique partnership came up with a number of design and development concepts for the site which were unveiled in Kilkenny Castle on Thursday 2nd of May 2013.  Following this, a number of architectural practices were invited to submit proposals for their approach to the overall master planning of the site, with Reddy Architecture and Urbanism commissioned in August 2013 to undertake the urban design and master planning of the site.

Reddy A & U have successfully delivered on Kilkenny County Council’s aspiration, to create an urban design layout and architectural framework to provide a new urban mixed use quarter for Kilkenny City in a socially inclusive and  sustainable manner, which will:









Former Smithwick’s Brewery