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National Sports Campus office development progresses on site

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Cooney Architects project at National Sports Campus, conversion of former Abbottstown House stable yard, into office accommodation is nearing completion on site.19490373_10154662578072267_1235266594_o19490403_10154662577292267_1557385726_o



Cooney Architects Features in the Irish Times

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Cooney Architects got Features in Irish Times!

Congratulations to all the excellent companies who made the shortlist and all the worthy winners on the night.
McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, RKD Architects, Reddy Architecture + Urbanism, Urban-Agency, Kennedy FitzGerald Architects & Avanti Architects,
TODD Architects, Cooney Architects, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects, Helena McElmeel Architects & Greentec Building, McCullough Mulvin Architects, dhbArchitects, John Halligan Architects & Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, Broadstone Architects, DMVF Architects, Dublin Institute of Technology.



Three projects are commended in the RIAI Architecture Awards 2017 in three separate categories

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Cooney Architects were delighted to have been commended on 23rd June at the RIAI Awards 2017, held in the Mansion House, Dublin. Congratulations to the RIAI for a wonderful party.

Mc Namara House commended in the category, ‘House of the Year – Leinster’.

Historic House Conservation & Energy Retrofit commended in the category, ‘Sustainability’.

Visitors Centre – Hill of Uisneach commended in the category, ‘Place of the Year’.

By the way Cooney Architects were the winners on the night for creative sculpture!






Hill of Uisneach Visitor Centre Wins ‘Building of the Year – ‘Public’ at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017

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Eoin Ryan , Managing Director of The Galtee Group presenting the winner of the ‘Building of the Year – Public’ category at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards June 8th. Congratulations to the worthy recipient, Frank Cooney and his team at Cooney Architects for the ‘Hill of Uisneach Visitor Centre’ project.

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Bressie says ‘vote for Uisneach if it is your thing’. Please vote for us!

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Today is the last day for voting for RIAI Public Choice Awards.Bressie says ‘vote for Uisneach if it is your thing’. Please vote for us!
You can vote for the three Cooney Architects projects following the steps below.Here is a step by step process for voting:
Step 1: Please Click this website
or click Go to website below.

Step 2: Please scroll down to access the three Cooney Architects projects: choose Historic House Conservation & Energy Retrofit , McNamara House, and Visitors Centre-Hill of Uisneach
by clicking all three circles (Please note the circle is on the upper right side if you open this website on your phone).

Step 3: Please click Vote NowThank you for your vote.

Step 4: Don’t forget to share this page to your friends.


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Visitors Centre – Hill of Uisneach, Westmeath

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Historic House Conservation & Energy Retrofit , Co. Wicklow

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McNamara House, Co. Dublin



A new Cooney Architects project Masterplan for Avondale House and Forest Park

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Cooney Architects, along with our Design Team of  Tell Tale Interpretive Consultants, Alan Hill Tourism Development, Mike Nevin Financial Consultants, FDA/Jennings O’Donovan Engineers, The Planning Partnership and Levins Associates Quantity Surveyor, have been awarded the contract for the exciting Coillte and Fáilte Ireland project creating a Masterplan for Avondale House and Forest Park.

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Cooney Architects nominated at this year’s Building & Architecture of the Year Awards 2017.

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Cooney Architects are delighted to have been nominated for the ‘Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017 in the following categories

Building of the Year – Leisure award (Dunganny GAA Centre),


Building of the Year – Public award & Education Award (Hill Of Uisneach Visitor Centre)


Building of the Year – Educational award (Campus Conference Centre)

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Working with an Architect – Your Home

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This article, Published in RIAI Website May, 2017 by RIAI, is really useful if choosing an architect.

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Whether you are planning to build your dream home or are extending and renovating your existing house, a registered architect has the qualifications, vision and experience to take you expertly through your building project.

An architect can also save you money on a project, as they will research viable alternatives and solutions to suit your budget. Whether you are planning a new corporate headquarters or are simply extending your home, a RIAI-registered architect has the qualifications, vision and experience to take you expertly through your building project.

What Architects Do
An architect does a lot more than just provide you with a design, they will help you set a viable brief and budget, guide you through the planning process, obtain quotes for the work, manage consultants like surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract.

An architect can also save you money on a project, as they will research viable alternatives and solutions to suit your budget.

Make sure you work with a Registered Architect
In Ireland, the title ‘architect’ is registered and a person cannot practise as an architect unless they are on the Register of Architects. The training and regulation of architects reflect society’s concern that buildings should be designed by a properly trained individual.

How do  I Find an Architect?
The RIAI provides on its website a search tool – the RIAI Practice Directory – that enables you to find a registered architect in your area. You can search the directory by practice name, by skill or simply by location.  If you cannot find a suitable RIAI architectural practice, please contact the RIAI by giving details of the project, address, location and the RIAI can provide a list of architects in your area.

How does it work? The project Stages 

Building Control Regulations
New Building Control Regulations come into force March 1st 2014.  The Government introduced new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC(A)R) that set out new procedures for the control of building activity. The regulations apply to most building works (including new houses, house extensions over 40m2, and any building works which require a fire safety certificate) and may affect the cost of projects and their duration.

For more details read The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations, S.I.9 –  Client Guidance Note.PDF File (353 KB)

For more details on Opt Out for Domestic Projects click HERE.

Your Architect can provide you with specific advice in relation to your project. Prior to commencing a project, Building Owners are advised to read the BC(A)R Code of Practice for inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works.PDF File

How much it will Cost?
Architects’ Fees

An architect’s fee depends on the requirements and complexity of each project and the scope of services required. Some architects will charge you on the basis of a percentage of the total project cost, others on a fixed price lump sum or on a time charge basis. Fees need to be agreed before a project begins.

Building Costs
The cost of your build will depend on a wide range of factors including house size, construction method, materials, finishes and site context. The RIAI have compiled some typicalbuilding costs – from new single and two-storey houses to house extensions.

The RIAI have published a new Consumer Guide for Domestic and Commercial Works to provide clients with guidance on building costs. The RIAI has compiled this guide using average costs for different building types under ‘Commercial Works’ and ‘Domestic Works’. The Cost Guidelines can be used as an accompaniment to the new RIAI Client / Architect Agreements.

Working with an architect will be the best investment you make and raise your project to new levels! 

Please download  working with architect brochure here:  WorkingWithArchitect_2017



President Higgins lights up Bealtine at the Hill of Uisneach, in Ireland’s Ancient East

  • By Cooney Architects

One of our projects, The Uisneach Visitors Centre, welcomed President Michael D. Higgins on Saturday night; after signing the Visitor’s Book he  joined several thousand people from throughout Ireland and overseas on The Hill, where he lit the annual Bealtaine fire. President Higgins becomes first leader in almost 1,000 years to light fire on The Hill of Uisneach.

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Padraig Bracken (Building Contractor); Frank Cooney (Co-Architect / Project Manager); Marie McCormac (Failte Ireland); David Clarke (Promoter / Landowner); Angela Clarke (Promoter / Landowner);
President Higgins; Tom Farrell (Community Representative); Terence McCague (Westmeath County Council); Alan Hill (Project Advisor)

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President Michael D. Higgins & Manchán Magan

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New Waterford Greenway video takes viewers on a beautiful journey

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Waterford’s stunning scenery plays a starring role in a new video celebrating the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland.

Several famed Waterford natives appear throughout the video, including Ireland rugby captain Niamh Briggs, Fair City star Carrie Crowley, and celebrity chef Paul Flynn (and his dog, Sky).

Manager of Waterford senior hurlers, Derek McGrath also lends his support, along with coach Mark Cooney and players Kevin Moran, Ian O’Regan, Barry Coughlan, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony.


The video, released today to showcase the recently launched 46km trail, follows the adventures of 12-year-olds Patrick Brennan and Chloe Walsh, who set off from Waterford City and the coastal town of Dungarvan. The pair meet at Kilmacthomas, the half-way point on the Waterford Greenway.

Almost 200 people came together for the closing shot on the 50-metre high Kilmacthomas Viaduct, including performers and creations from Waterford performing arts theatre company, Spraoi.

Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power thanked those involved in the creation of the video.

“This was a real community effort and showcases what Waterford Greenway has to offer. So many Waterford people have got behind the promotion of the Greenway and we appreciate that support,” he said.

“It’s vital that everyone in Waterford becomes an ambassador – not just for the Greenway, but for all of the wonderful attractions and activities that can be experienced in Waterford.”

Also making an appearance in the video are cyclists from Dungarvan Cycling Club, and local stalwarts Tom and Helen O’Mahony of O’Mahony’s at Shanacool.

Dungarvan brand design agency, TOTEM, directed the video, while the videographer was Dominique Davoust, and drone work was by Colin Shanahan of DigiCol.


For further information see Follow the Waterford Greenway on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #WaterfordGreenway and #BeautifulJourney