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Restoration and Landscaping of the Parade and Canal Square, Kilkenny

Winning Entry | RIAI International Competition 1999
Special Mention | AAI Awards 2010
Commended | RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2010

The project proposes the reconfiguration of the public spaces on either side of the 12th century Kilkenny Castle. The Parade, which rises and tapers towards the entrance to the Castle and opens out to High Street and is held on either side by fine Georgian facades and mature trees, is cleared of car parking and unified by a continuous stone floor. Canal Square, a more intimate space located alongside John’s Bridge and overlooked by the Castle, is treated in a similar manner and a poured concrete path then extends along the river edge as far as the side entrance to the Castle grounds. The existing river wall is replaced with stainless steel railings opening up views to the river.

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