Regeneration

Southgate Associates have spent their 30-year history engaged in heritage-led regeneration processes, which have transformed heritage buildings and areas into important cultural and economic resources. There is a growing awareness that built heritage represents an important asset for those communities in which it is located, whose regeneration can foster a sense of community belonging and civic engagement, and act as a catalyst for improvement in the wider area, bringing with it significant economic advantage.

Regeneration

Services: 

  • Conservation consultancy to state/local authority organised heritage-led Urban Regeneration Programmes.
  • Expertise offered in the development of heritage-rich Urban Quarters and Cultural Areas.
  • Project management of large-scale conservation works to sites of historic importance/tourism potential which stimulate further development in areas in need of regeneration.
  • Project management of small-scale conservation services, including; works to properties under the ‘Living in the City’ and other regeneration measures, working with individuals investing in residential properties and landlords or those with commercial premises in regeneration zones.
  • Providing all necessary assistance to individuals who are availing of the ‘Exemptions for Change-of-Use From Commercial to Residential’ legislation on protected structures and historic buildings.
  • Assist clients to create ‘Living Over the Shop’ accommodation in historic town and city centres.
  • Working with traders associations/community groups on providing best practice guidelines and advice for conservation of buildings, streets, towns etc.
  • Fostering civic engagement and community pride through running participative planning exercises with local people, vis-a-vis their heritage and how it is managed.
  • Fostering civic pride and engagement through heritage interpretation, where heritage buildings and landscapes are interpreted in such a way that people feel a sense of emotional connection and belonging to the heritage landscape.
Regeneration
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Victoria Hotel, St. Patrick's Street - Eason's Book Shop

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Honan Chapel

Conservation of the Honan Chapel – Conservation of churches and cathedrals
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Ballincollig Town Centre & Barrack Square

Large Scale Development and adaptive reuse of historic structures
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Opera Lane & Emmet Place

Conservation Consultant to substantial multi-street development in Cork City Centre.
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21 Aungier Street, Dublin

Small Conservation Project to Aid Wider Regeneration Process for Dublin’s Civic Trust
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Temple Bar & Cork Historic Centre Area Plan

Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration Projects
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Elizabeth Fort, Cork City

Deliver Large Conservation Projects as Stimulants to Local Regeneration
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Dublin Port Company

Planning for Redevelopment of Sensitive Industrial Archaeology
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Connemara West Furniture College

Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings & Sites
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Farmleigh House, Dublin

Conservation Consultant to Multi-Disciplinary Design Teams
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Conservation & Development at Birr Castle

The Delivery of Classically Styled Alterations and Extensions to Heritage Structures
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Conservation of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Conservation of Large Churches and Cathedrals.
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Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

Conservation and Development on the Blarney Castle Estate
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Urban Regeneration

Southgate Associates have acted as conservation consultant for both the development of Temple Bar as a cultural quarter in the early 1990s, and the heritage-led regeneration of Cork Historic Centre in the mid-1990s, two of the highest profile heritage-led urban regeneration projects ever carried out by the Irish State. In addition, we have project managed the conservation of large derelict national monuments, in order to create the basic conditions within which urban regeneration could occur.

Most notably, the company project managed the conservation and necessary archaeological works to both the medieval Waterford City Walls (allowing for the development of tourist-oriented branding of ‘The Viking Triangle’ in Waterford City), and at Elizabeth Fort in Cork’s City Centre, thereby providing an important cultural and tourism resource to aid regeneration of the surrounding area.

Conservation works on properties in targeted areas

In addition to working for the various bodies engaged in heritage-led regeneration and management, we also work directly for all of those individuals to deliver activation projects in targeted areas, such as those within the Living in the City Regeneration Scheme currently in operation.

We also work with street-trader associations or community groups who are managing their delicate relationship to built heritage, especially where there is a significant impact (both positive and negative) from tourism, or from the perceived blockage to development and growth that is seen as coming from having too much heritage in your area.

Our projects are examples of best-practice conservation, and we take pride in delivering beautifully conserved buildings to our clients. Whether commercial or residential, we deliver on time and on budget.

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