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.