Council launches Design & Conservation Scheme

Released: 28 June 2007

On Thursday, June 28, in the new Killorglin Area Services Centre, Kerry County Council launched the inaugural ‘Kerry Design & Conservation Awards Scheme’.

The Awards Scheme is aimed at recognising and rewarding good design of houses and buildings, and to encourage architects, designers and builders in promoting these values.

In addition, the Scheme hopes to raise public awareness about what is considered good design and conservation.

According to Kerry County Council’s Director of Planning & Sustainable Development, Michael McMahon, it is no coincidence that the new Killorglin Area Services Centre was chosen for the launch.

“This development is an excellent example of what can be achieved through good design and planning,” he explained.

The competition is open to any building or conservation project completed in Kerry between January 1st, 2003 and 31st December 2006, with architects, owners, designers and members of the public all invited to make submissions.

There are six categories in the scheme:

  • Best New Single House in the Countryside
  • Best New Single House in a Town or Village
  • Best New Housing Development
  • Best New Commercial/Public Building
  • Best Conservation Project
  • Best Traditional Shopfront.

Judges for the awards include Frank McDonald, Environment Editor of the Irish Times, Billy Houlihan, recently retired Cork County Architect, and Dympna McElrae, Planning Inspector, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Mr McMahon pointed to the efforts being made by voluntary organisations such as Tidy Towns committees across the county. “The inclusion of categories of “Best Traditional Shop Front” and “Best Conservation Project” is an attempt to acknowledge this fine work.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald, pointed to the huge pressure for development in the county over the past decade.

“Notwithstanding this, a number of developers and their architects were able to maintain the standards that should be expected, and produced buildings and developments which, rather than detract from, contribute to the environment of the county.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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