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Judges Choice: St Angela's College, Patrick's Hill. Pic: Denis Scannell
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Judges Choice: St Angela's College, Patrick's Hill. Pic: Denis Scannell
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Cork's best buildings. Better Building awards announced

Cafe/Restaurant

 Cafe/Restaurant: The Spitjack restaurant on Washington Street.

Cafe/Restaurant: The Spitjack restaurant on Washington Street.

The judges were impressed by the way in which a vacant unit, previously in use as Cork Film Studios was sensitively renovated and changed into a vibrant new restaurant, adding to the culinary scene along Washington Street.

Commercial Building Frontage

 Commercial Building Frontage: The English Market's Grand Parade entrance. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Commercial Building Frontage: The English Market's Grand Parade entrance. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

As one of the city’s top tourist attractions and diverse places to shop and do business; the English Market has traditionally been accessed through its more prominent Prince’s Street entrance.

However the provision of new signage and attractive painting of the Grand Parade entrance, has succeeded in highlighting the western entrance to the market, enticing pedestrians to further explore the delights of one of oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world.

New Development

 New Development: The Capitol on Grand Parade and Patrick's Street.

New Development: The Capitol on Grand Parade and Patrick's Street.

The Capitol has breathed new life into the western end of St. Patrick’s Street and the Grand Parade, with the addition of new retail and office space and also the reopening of the historic Oyster Tavern.

Following the closure of the Capitol cinema in 2005 with the site lying vacant for a number of years, this new development has rejuvenated the area and ensured the economic wellbeing of the city centre continues to flourish into the future.

Heritage & Conservation 

 Heritage & Conservation: CIT/Crawford College, Grand Parade. Picture Eddie O'Hare

Heritage & Conservation: CIT/Crawford College, Grand Parade. Picture Eddie O'Hare

46 Grand Parade is a stunning building located at a prominent position on the Grand Parade and Southern Channel of the River Lee. As the new home of part of the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, its careful restoration and repurposing for this use, has ensured that this important protected structure will thrive once again and be admired by future generations of Corkonians and visitors.

Tourism / Arts & Accommodation 

 Tourism/Arts & Accommodation: The Montenotte Hotel.

Tourism/Arts & Accommodation: The Montenotte Hotel.

Following its recent refurbishment, the Montenotte Hotel provides a unique visitor experience; taking advantage of spectacular views of the city and surrounds. The Montenotte Hotel sets a new bar for hotel accommodation, providing a destination within a destination for visitors to the city.

Best Pub

 Pub: Cask, MacCurtain Street. Pic: Jim Coughlan.

Pub: Cask, MacCurtain Street. Pic: Jim Coughlan.

Set in the heart of Cork’s Victorian Quarter, Cask provides a wonderful example of how stunning lighting and Art Deco-style interiors can contribute to the vibrancy of the street, attracting customers through its full-height arched windows onto MacCurtain Street.

Retail

 Retail: The Cork Flower Studio, Douglas Street.

Retail: The Cork Flower Studio, Douglas Street.

With its stunning window displays and enlivened presentation onto the street, the Cork Flower Studio rightfully celebrates 10 years in business on Douglas Street. Its colourful and cheerful shop front sets a wonderful example for neighbouring businesses to follow suit by brightening up their shopfronts, contributing to the enhancement of the entire area.

Retail Special Merit Award 

 Retail: The Cork Flower Studio, Douglas Street.

Retail: The Cork Flower Studio, Douglas Street.

Azure is a perfect example of how a successful business can thrive and also help rejuvenate a previously, neglected quay front through the use of attractive colour, signage and window display.

By renovating this protected structure, Azure has improved this section of George’s Section drawing shoppers across the river from the traditional, island destination.

Judges Choice 

 Judges Choice: St Angela's College, Patrick's Hill. Pic: Denis Scannell

Judges Choice: St Angela's College, Patrick's Hill. Pic: Denis Scannell

Opening its doors on its current location on St. Patrick’s Hill in 1888, St. Angela’s College has recently been redeveloped to huge success. Working with an extremely difficult, sloping site, the results are nothing short of spectacular. The judges felt that recognition was well deserved for this unique project because of its contribution to the continued operation of a city centre school, adding vibrancy to the area, the way in which its new build elements complement the setting, with the sensitive restoration of heritage buildings and take full advantage of its unique setting, framing diverse views of the surrounding city.