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Cork City Council Attraction is first accredited ECO centre in Ireland


 Eco award Lifetime Lab August 2010

Lifetime Lab at the Old Cork Waterworks has become the first tourist attraction in Ireland to receive the internationally recognised ECO centre accreditation from An Taisce.  City Manager Joe Gavin and Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael O Connell accepted the award on behalf of the popular visitor centre operated by Cork City Council on Lee Road.

The centre which is open to the public is set in the beautifully restored Victorian waterworks buildings dating back to Victorian times, promotes sustainable living as well as providing science and environmental education for primary schools. The Standard was achieved by introducing environmental management systems across day to day operations, for example the monitoring of energy allowed Lifetime Lab to reduce its electricity consumption by 36%, similar savings were made across water and waste.

Manager Mervyn Horgan commented “that added to the important environmental benefits of participating, ECO centres has also brought added business benefits, most notably in reducing our operating costs, which is high on the agenda of many businesses at the moment .The case for introducing an environmental management system is clearly evident and I would encourage other centres in Cork to participate”.


Lifetime Lab is located in the old Cork City Waterworks on the Lee Road. Open to the public the restored Victorian complex contains a Visitor Centre with interactive exhibits, a steam centre with the original boilers and huge steam engines once used to supply  water to the City of Cork, a schools centre, coffee dock, picnic area, children’s playground and is fully wheelchair accessible. For further information, please contact the Lifetime Lab at: 021-4941500 or view the website


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