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The refurbishment and extension of an existing building to create an office building of distinction more appropriate to its location at the entrance to a new pedestrianised urban quarter in Kilkenny. The building is comprised of offices, restaurant and associated facilities.

Floor area
,436 m²  (15,452 ft² )


For decades the Mayfair Ballroom was Kilkenny’s social hotspot until closure in 1973 and could be considered part of its social heritage. Although not a protected structure it is located within the City Centre Architectural Conservation Area and adjacent to several protected structures.

The site offers an opportunity to create a new urban space that will form a strong termination to Parliament Street at the bridge crossing. By remodelling the building form and converting a car park to a civic space, a building that previously turned its back on the city has been transformed into one of the main new buildings within the overall Abbey Creative Quarter Masterplan.

The redevelopment provides a naturally ventilated, well lit, flexible office space that would achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.


Abbey Quarter, Kilkenny