Universal Design and the Krups factory conversion, Limerick


The new Resource and Outreach Centre for the Irish Wheelchair Association is underway in Roxboro Road, Limerick. The project involves the Conversion and Change of Use of a unit within the original Krups factory and takes advantage of the fabulous north facing rooflights.

Krups Engineering came to Limerick around 1962 and employed several hundred people and some 1,500 workers in the 1970’s. It was taken over by Moulinex in 1991 and closed in 1998 with the loss of 500 jobs.

Following this closure, the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) was established in 1999. Initially its key objective was to retain employment in the local community and this objective has been largely achieved, while being actively engaged in supporting innovation in community & education development.
Universal Design has been thoroughly considered in the new centre, to ensure all services and spaces function at their optimum. Integral to the design is the inclusion of generous circulation routes and spacious rooms filled with natural light. The dining hall and multi-purpose rooms flow into well proportioned outdoor spaces.

The ethos of community education and development integrates well with the concept of the Resource and Outreach Centre. The facility will be complete in mid 2014, to compliment Limerick City of Culture.