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Cavanagh Bridge UCC

The Cavanagh pedestrian bridge and riverside walk acts as a crucial link in the chain of connection between the campus core and the Western Road. It makes the unique green space on the northern side of the river available for use by the students, staff and members of the public, and consolidates the parkland character of the landscape amenity of the riverside grounds of the College.

University College Cork, College Road, Cork
University College Cork
51°53'41.2"N 8°29'30.3"W
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  • Cork Architectural Association Annual Exhibition, 'Experience. Unravelled.'
    Cork, 28th Oct - 29th November 2019

Perrot’s Inch riverside gardens have been relandscaped providing new, usable amenity space for the city and University. Lawns boardered in meadow grasses will provide a changing landscape which is usable all year round. These now accessible gardens, serpentine pathways and bridge structures provide places for reflection and recreation offering new perspectives to the Historic University Quadrangle with a newly landscaped setting.

A meticulously detailed larch and jatoba timber bridging structure spans the 27 meter river bed resting lightly on two special finish concrete abutments. These concrete abutments are modelled to provide steps, ramps, walls and seats. Applied finishing techniques- sandblasting, grinding, polishing and trowelling- bring special finishes to this everyday material. Construction details were given careful consideration to achieve a complex sequencing and assembly of materials which would appear effortless.


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