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Fingal County Hall


Location Client Cost Awards
Swords, Co Dublin Fingal County Council €19m (euros) 4

Project details

A new county hall for Fingal County Council in Swords.

A symbol of the client’s desire for openness in local government, clear in its relationship to the particularities of its site and providing a quality environment, on low energy principles, for both occupants and visitors.

The major emphasis was the minimisation of adverse environmental impacts, balancing embodied energy and day-to-day energy consumption, and reducing wastage.

(It) demonstrates critical design and construction co-ordination, the integration of services within the structure and a clear commitment ... to achieve a singular building.

Irish Concrete Award citation


  • to reinforce the civic character of the town centre
  • to provide the project with a literal and metaphorical transparency


  • served as a catalyst for the transformation of Swords from a village to a major administrative and commercial centre
  • cited as an exemplar for future ecologically-sensitive office development
  • nominated as the “Irish Building of the Year” by the Irish Times
  • winner of special public poll in the RIAI triennial gold Medal awards

Integrated services

architecture (with Bucholz McAvoy Architects), environmental engineering, landscape architecture, masterplanning, lighting