Life Science Innovation Cjfa Architecture Teagasc National Food Innovation Hub Moorepark Fermoy Cork Hero 2021
Project:

Food Innovation Hub, Teagasc Moorepark Campus, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland

Location:

Teagasc Moorepark Campus, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland

Client:

Teagasc - the National Agriculture & Food Development Authority of Ireland

Value:

€8.8m Ex-VAT

Sector:

Life-Science + Innovation; Education; Research + Development; Public Sector

Area:

3,000m2

Status:

June 2018 - Completed June 2021

Key Numbers:

3,000m2, over 3-storeys - to advance new research & product innovation, economic growth, and job creation


Teagasc is the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland – a national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities – including 3rd level colleges, and education and training facilities. C.J. Falconer & Associates (CJFA) have delivered a number of Teagasc facilities, and campus masterplans, over two decades – the most recent of which, was the new Teagasc Moorepark Innovation Hub, Teagasc Moorepark Campus, Fermoy, Co. Cork, which completed construction in 2021.

The Teagasc Food Research Programme is a driver for Irish science-based innovations and solutions for national and international food companies – and the new 3,000m², 3-storey (including roof top Plant Room), €8.8m Hub facility provides office accommodation, business incubation suites, application suites, laboratories, & cafeteria - and all associated site work, carparking and road network. The new development will accommodate industry and clients in R&D programmes, within dedicated office and laboratory units - integrating same, & utilising the greater Moorepark campus facilities, into the world class Teagasc Moorepark Centre - facilitating development & education between industry & research, to advance new research & product innovation, economic growth, & job creation.

The investment follows an expansion by Teagasc & dairy industry in recently completed Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) Food Research & Development pilot plant facility on the campus, also designed & delivered by CJFA.

Taking place on a live Teagasc campus; the delivery of the Teagasc Moorepark Innovation Hub, included engagement with Teagasc specialised staff and stakeholders; and included extension to an existing facility. The project is an example of an education & research-focused facility, including and laboratories, private industry units, with secure dedicated offices and laboratories that can be rented to R&D staff on-site to carry out company specific research. Some of the specialised scientific facilities within the Food Programme that Hub-based companies can access, include the Teagasc DNA Sequencing Centre, National Food Imaging Centre, Flavour Chemistry Facility, Bioactive Protein Discovery Unit, Bio-Functional Food Engineering Facility and Rheology suite.

The building is supported on reinforced concrete ground beams on CFA piles. The building complies with the nZEB requirements of Building Regulations Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Energy, – Buildings other than Dwellings (2017) – and the accompanying Technical Guidance.

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