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Athlone Art Gallery, Athlone, Ireland

Wednesday 03 Jun 2009
 

Athlone Art Gallery gains consent

 
 
 
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02/05/11 aidan, athlone
In response to that ignorant comment , i am curious as to how and where this 'important view' is being blocked. is it being blocked from the 20ft tall wall spanning the whole lenght of accommodation road or from the clearly outlined mezzanine planned to overlooks the Shannon and town bridge? Aside from the fact the original building is being respected in terms of its structural quality, if we concern ourselves to much with original architectural design there is no chance for progression and development within the town centre. Also, How can you call an investment of €3.2M a waste, it is a development that will promote tourism, Jobs, entertainment and Art within the town. These are things that this town need and its people like you who inhibit its growth.
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03/04/11 Padraig Nally, Athlone
To Athlone Town Council's shame, it is a poor reflection of their appreciation of art in its place! In the past week, three beautiful trees that have graced this site for over a century have been removed to make way for the extension to the building, which will block an important view of the town bridge over the mighty Shannon river. The Council are wasting €3.2 million on this development when a fraction of this sum would be adequate to restore and refurbish the building, restoring and respecting the original architectural design.
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Keith Williams Architects design given go ahead 

Keith Williams Architects has obtained Planning Consent (Part 8) for a new art gallery situated on the banks of the River Shannon in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.

The project is situated on a spectacular site adjacent to Athlone Bridge and the neo-Baroque Church of St Peter and St Paul (1932-1939). Williams’ designs involve the remodelling of an existing onetime temperance movement building, the Father Matthew Hall (1897) as a new artspace with the addition of a new “white box” gallery wing and glazed river gallery.

The 600 sq m project will provide a 115 sq m gallery within the former Father Matthew Hall open to the roof structure, a 145 sq m “white box” gallery space within the new wing, informal meeting areas for the public and staff use and administration offices for the Art Gallery management and staff.

The palette of materials for the new gallery wing is limited to rough cut horizontal strips of limestone of varying widths asserting the mass of the new wing. Zinc clad roof lanterns will be set back from the parapet wall to allow the limestone to have prominence in the facade, whilst centralising the light penetrating into the gallery. The Father Matthew Hall will be re-rendered and re-roofed in slate, retaining externally the essence of its historical character, whilst internally it will be stripped back to its bare walls and roof structure.

This is Williams’ second commission in Athlone, the first being the multi award-winning Athlone Civic Centre and Library completed in 2004. Construction is expected to start in early 2010

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