Accoya® clads popular award winning visitor centre in Ireland

Accoya® has been selected to provide timber doors, brise soleil shading and external timber cladding to a number of new facilities at Airfield, a popular urban visitor attraction in south Dublin, Ireland.

The triple award-winning renovation project headed by Solearth Ecological Architecture, topped the Best Cultural Building and Best Sustainable Building categories in the RIAI awards, and was also named Ecocem Green Building of the Year in the Green Awards.

The Victorian estate, which encompasses the original Overend family home, farm and gardens, has benefited from significant refurbishment, renovation and landscaping in recent months. Chosen for its superior durability, it’s retention of natural aesthetic qualities with age, and its origins as sustainable softwood, Accoya timber cladding now adorns the new restaurant and shop, education buildings, horticultural buildings.

Mike Haslam at Solearth Ecological Architecture, was lead architect for the project and specified the use of Accoya. He said: “Accsys Technologies’ application of acetylation technology makes softwoods – a sustainable timber option – perform just as well as, if not better than tropical hardwoods. Visually, Accoya was ideal for the overall design of Airfield, and we have great expectations for the durability and stability of our Accoya cladding.”