A plan for the development of Kickham Barracks in Clonmel prepared by the University College Cork Planning Society was named joint winner of the student planning award in the Irish Planning Institute’s National Planning Awards.
The biennial awards aim to highlight the best examples of planning practice and honour recent projects, plans and programmes, which have made an outstanding contribution at natinal and international level.
The University College Cork Planning Society decided to undertake this project after discussion with members of local community groups interested in using the facilities within the barracks site.
The ultimate goal of the proposal is to ensure that the re-use of the site contributes to the vitality of the town by facilitating the location of development and uses that are beneficial socially, culturally and economically. In the short term, the Planning Society advocated the use of the site by local voluntary groups that are short of space and facilities; however it also recognises that the Kickham Barracks site needs a long term development role within the context of the wider development of Clonmel.
According to the judging panel “The project was particularly notable by virtue of its recommended development options for the complex that sought to reestablish a functional connection with the town of Clonmel across an array of potential uses and activities, designed to re-invigorate Clonmel and build on its strong retailing, employment and local service functions, while conserving its built heritage and identity.”