Spike Island

Spike Island is a 42 hectare island listed as a National Monument off Cobh in County Cork.
The proposed design sought to create connectivity between the many disparate parts within the site. BSLA sought to respect the existing heritage of the National Monument whilst recreating the austere and robust character of the original fort. With reference to original maps, Phase One focused on the Parade Ground and opening access to buildings such the gaol, shell store and the new visitors centre.

Cork County Council

Cobh, County Cork


Completed 2016

A sheltered garden leads to a new walkway connecting to viewing points along upper Bastions 4, 5 and 6. Materials were chosen to respect the hidden heritage below the surface, restricted dig zones  required the use of sensitive and permeable materials.  Inserts of hard materials were chosen to refer to the existing material palette and the forts varied history.

Cork County Council

Engineers and Project Managers
Horgan Lynch Consulting Engineers

Quantity Surveyors
Tony O’ Regan Associates

JCA Architects

Services Engineers
Callaghan Engineering

Project Supervisor Design Process
ASM Group

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