Teagasc is the National Organisation for Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland, including production, research, advice, and education – for which CJFA undertook the renewal, and development of the Kildalton Third-Level Horticultural and Equestrian Training College.
The Design Solution was dictated by the need for sensitive intervention within a live operational campus, which included Protected Structures. To achieve this, the expansion was masterplanned to be undertaken on a phased basis, for the delivery of lecture halls, a library, offices, IT training, and student mess areas – while a planned Phase Three included the design of a Sports Complex.
The considered approach included an educational building which sought to exploit the typography of the site, with a split-level structure, which joined and was sympathetically-massed, to existing buildings, and an adjoining woodland.
Works were both undertaken within the Grounds of Protected, as well as to Protected Structures – including Bessborough House, a substantial 3-Storey Classical-style country house (with dormer attic) built circa. 1744-55 – which received a phased Restoration / Repairs & Conservation Strategy of selected areas.