Carrigaline Youth Centre has received a prestigious national award for the quality and design of the landscape scheme that surrounds it.

The awards ceremony, hosted by the Association of Landscape Contractors in Ireland, took place at The Titanic Centre in Belfast. The awards are held annually to celebrate the high standards attained by landscapers in Ireland across a range of landscape schemes.

At the award ceremony The Pavilion Garden Centre in Cork were recognised for how suitably their landscape design responded to the woodland site and the modern nature of the Youth Centre building. Gary Graham of Bord Bia, adjudicator for the ALCI, stated, “This is a striking planting scheme complimenting a very striking piece of architecture – the Carragaline Lions Club Youth Centre in Cork. The Pavillion selected the planting palette and sleeper bed to add to the building’s drama, to provide colour, to attract insects and butterflies and to provide an educational function. A highly effective soft landscaping project – well done to the Pavillion”.

Carrigaline Youth Centre provides state of the art facilities for the young people of Carrigaline. The youth centre sets a national benchmark for youth facilities in Ireland. The project to build the Youth Centre was initiated and is being managed by the Carrigaline & District Lions Club and is a valuable resource to the community.

“We are mediators between the building and the landscape”, said Charlie O’Leary of The Pavilion. “The building in itself was a unique design and it was an honour to work on this project. As landscapers, we are the beginning of the story, it is up to us to depict an impression of whats inside the building while linking it to the landscape outside. The contemporary nature of the building allowed us to design a planting scheme that was bold and striking while complementing the surrounding woodland setting it sits within”.

The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI) was founded in 1971 as a representative body for the landscape sector. From its inception it has endeavoured to improve the quality and standards in the landscape industry in Ireland and is today the leading professional body for landscape contractors with over 150 members across its Northern and Southern Regions.