College Street, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Institute of Technology
Education; Conservation + Regeneration
Floor Area: 11,500 m2; Site Area: 2.8 ha
Conservation and regeneration of a 1900 historic structure, into a 21st Century Education Facility
W.I.T. College Street Campus, formally the Good Shepherd Convent constructed in 1900, currently contains the School of Humanities, School of Education, School of Adult Education, School of Music, School of Art, Library and Student Facilities.
C. J. Falconer and Associates, working in partnership with Peter and Mary Doyle, developed the Campus Masterplan in 1995, for the conversion of the former Convent and Grounds into the current Waterford Institute of Technology Campus. CJFA have continued working on the development of the campus since that time.
It was a challenging exercise of assessing which buildings were of substantial quality to remain and pare away unnecessary buildings, coupled with the introduction of circulation malls and linkages to join fragmented building structures in a unified form. The exercise was an outstanding success.
The project involved two infill buildings in locations of former courtyards, which provided all vertical circulation to existing three–storey buildings, opening up the full floor space as lecture facilities. The project also involved the redesign of the original laundry buildings, the conversion of same into a magnificent restaurant facility, opening onto a new central spine mall, which has become the new entrance and focal point of the entire campus.
The original magnificent Chapel building was retained and continues to be used in a manner which respects its original function, through its use by the School of Music, Annual Award Ceremonies and regular classical music concerts.
C.J. Falconer & Associates Architects,
St. Patrick's House, Newtown, Waterford,
X91 RR76, Ireland.
t: +353 (0)51 878888
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