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Cork City Council wins Zurich LAMA Award 2009


At the Annual LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) Awards 2009 held on Saturday, 24th January 2009, Cork City Council won the “Best Eco Friendly Building” category in respect of the newly built extension to the City Hall.


The Award was presented to Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Dara Murphy by Mr. Michael Kitt, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.


The project, which is the result of a ‘Design and Build’ competition, was completed in 2007 and consists of some 9,200ml of naturally ventilated office accommodation and support facilities for the City Council together with underground car parking.  It is designed as an independent building which engages the existing City Hall built in 1932 to form a cohesive civic office complex for the city of Cork.


Speaking after the event, Cllr. Dara Murphy, deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork:  “To be recognized for an achievement is a wonderful honour for any organisation. To be recognized by a group of one’s peers is doubly so.  This Award is recognition not simply for the building itself but for the project team within the Council who brought it from concept stage through planning to being a living, working, building and centre of the Council’s services to the people of Cork.”


Equally delighted with the Award was John Parker, Director, ABK Architects:  “ABK Architects are really delighted that their design for the extension to City Hall received this significant Award.  It is very much appreciated when the hard work, care and dedication necessary to complete a building that meets the environmental challenge before us all today is acknowledged. It is a credit to Cork City Council to have commissioned and supported such a project throughout.”

Cork City Council was also shortlisted for its webpages for “Best use of External Communications”     These webpages reflect Cork City Council’s involvement in the many and varied activities that impact on the lives of those who live, visit and work in Cork city.  It has proved very useful for both Cork City Council and the user to have a dedicated section on the website for news items.

The Local Government, City & County Council Awards, were created to honour exemplary projects within the community.  They seek to generate recognition of the efforts, accomplishments and positive contributions of the individuals, companies and local government authorities who make these happen.

The full list of those shortlisted in each of the 22 categories may be viewed at


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