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Sportslab, Limerick Institute of Technology


Location Client Cost Size Completion Awards
Tipperary, Ireland Limerick Institute of Technology €3.2m 1,700 sqm 2015 1

Project details

The 1,700 sqm new facility is an international standard teaching and training lab which allows Limerick Institute of Technology to deliver innovative new courses and set new standards in the practical delivery of this growing and popular profession.

The spaces are conceived as lab space with teaching spaces connected by windows that overlook the training area so that exercise can be observed from above. A comprehensive range of equipment enables qualified staff to direct and manage a growing programme of practical training, coaching and conditioning for students, athletes and those involved in fitness and wellness.

The design concept for the building evolved as a simple form which relates to an Irish countryside vernacular with its setting on the edge of the fields north of the main campus buildings. The typology is enhanced through the use of metal cladding, and the entrances are articulated with cut-outs from the solid form lined with translucent panels of polycarbonate which act as beacons at night. Internally materials are simple and robust following the factory aesthetic with resin floors and exposed concrete blocks.


  • create an international standard teaching and training lab that would facilitate LIT in delivering innovative new courses in the emerging industry of strength and conditioning
  • relate the design to the surrounding rural Irish setting


  • a deceptively simple and robust building form that is sustainable, maximises the use of existing infrastructure in its location and is easily adaptable in its form as needs change
  • Irish Building & Design Awards - 2016 School Building of the Year

Integrated services

architect, environmental engineer and civil and structural engineer