Energy upgrade and accessibility intervention

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The new facility for the Irish Wheelchair Association in Oak House is currently on site and will offer people with disabilities opportunities and supports that enable them to lead full, active and independent lives in their own local community.

The premises were built in 1982 by the IDA in Mahon Point for a US computer manufacturer. The office and computer assembly plant was intended to move the European Sales and Marketing operation from Brussels to Cork.


The Application was for a Change of Use from Light Industrial to a Resource and Outreach Centre comprised of offices, kitchen/ dining, arts and craft, therapy, meeting and administration facilities. The main intervention include the reduction in level of existing car parking by 500mm to ensure all services are fully accessible, the removal of linear planter and new canopy & entrance door.

The new centre will provide a flexible high quality service with full health & safety requirements that meets the needs of its users and enhance their quality of life and maximise participation in their local community.

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