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OBFA Collins Barracks SCREEN RES 10

Collins Barracks

OBFA were commissioned to design and project lead a Multi-Purpose Accommodation and Recreation facility for the Defence Forces Ireland.  This project involved the construction of a new accommodation block for the Defence Forces on a vacant brownfield site in the historic Collins Barracks, Cork. 

The building is situated at a rear east point of the barracks along the former stables yard, of which only a cut limestone wall and archways survives. Internally, all communal zones were located here to share and benefit from an internal planted courtyard. Externally the building faces the rear of existing barracks and curves and turns to create a smaller courtyard to the north for assembly. 

OBFA Collins Barracks SCREEN RES 6

The palette of brick was employed as a means to bind the building to the site, as the facility is situated along side a series of barracks developments spanning the Georgian and Edwardian periods. The brick references it's immediate neighbours and add warmth to the barracks streetscape.

The project required a high energy efficiency standard of completion that Defence Forces Ireland could use as a benchmark of achievement for developments and projects going forward.  Its end use is demanding and as such, needed minimal maintenance requirements to suit the needs of the barracks and serving personnel.  Photos: Myles Shelly

Defence Forces Ireland
Collins Barracks Cork
Site Plan Diagram Collins Barracks