Regeneration of a brownfield site with a mixed-use development anchored around a shopping centre and including leisure, office, hotel and residential uses, Phase 1 (54,876 m²) was completed in December 2007
Site area 5.1 ha (12.6 acres)
Retail 25,115 m² (270,335 ft²) Residential 13,350 m² (143,698 ft²) Office 8,387 m² (90,276 ft²) Leisure 1,578 m² (16,985 ft²) Hotel 6,975 m² (75,078 ft²)
Residential units 113
The mixed use development at MacDonagh Station was part of an overall masterplan proposed by Reddy A + U which acted as a catalyst for Kilkenny Borough Council to apply to the Department of Environment to include Kilkenny in the 1999 Urban Renewal Scheme.
Previously the site was occupied by underused land and obsolete buildings including the Union Workhouse, the old Railway Station terminus building and associated brick arcade wall and stone battered wall, and the Goods Shed which were protected due to their architectural heritage value.
Reddy A+U chose a strong urban design solution to integrate the large retail scheme into the existing urban fabric with an emphasis on the creation of a new urban quarter where people can work, rest and play. The design integrates the new development with the existing structures by using the geometries derived from the important protected structures on the site.
The settings of the Goods Shed and the Union Workhouse and their relationship with the new development are key elements of the design. To achieve an 18 hour life in the development a variety of uses eg residential, restaurant, cultural, leisure, retail, offices, etc are provided. New pedestrian only public squares and streets with a high level of public accessibility were created and existing pedestrian routes enhanced. Internally there is diversity of form; naturally ventilated and elegantly designed interiors with stone floors and glazed roofs, provide light and open interior spaces.
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards 2008 Retail Category Commended