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National Maritime College, Cork


Location Client Cost Completion
Cork, Ireland Cork Institute of Technology, Irish Naval Service €28m (euros) 2004

Project details

Making a landmark out of a training facility.

Ours was the winning design in a PPP competition. We arranged the accommodation, training areas and other functions over three distinct wings and joined them with a lateral circulation route.

We created a slipway and jetty for a diver tank and helicopter ‘dunker’ pool.

Advanced thermal modelling helped us maximise airflows through the building with a thermally heavy structure and extensive exposed surfaces.

We devised a dramatic entrance with a linear waterway and boardwalk that leads into a large glazed atrium.


  • design a new training facility for 750 naval and technology students
  • create a bold setting for facilities that include state-of-the-art simulators
  • harness natural ways of controlling the internal environment


  • high-profile landmark building for the college
  • training, accommodation and leisure facilities all on one site
  • cost and carbon savings through innovative use of passive internal temperature control

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, sustainability, interior design