Haulbowline Remediation Projct

Jasmine O Mullane
Architecture

College
University College Cork

Contact
115489438@umail.ucc.ie


Jasmine O Mullane

Haulbowline Remediation Projct

My thesis project developed in response to the prevailing pollution crisis in Cork harbour caused by industry and the built environment. Haulbowline Island was a leading contributor to pollution in the area, as a result of the Steel industry on the island. Cork Steelworks occupied the island between 1938 and 2001, during which time they used the eastern sand spit as a waste dump for the toxic by-product of steel. In 2005, a remediation project on the east tip, aimed to conceal the site by covering it with soil and circumscribing the seaward side with a silt barrier to prevent any further leakage. This project incorporated the design of a public park however tests carried out subsequent to the remediation, deemed the site too polluted for recreational use. I am proposing a new remediation project on this site, by establishing a wetland and accompanying research facility to monitor levels of pollution. The driving objective of this project is to positively impact the natural environment, therefore an environmentally conscious approach to construction is imperative in the design. Three elongated, modular buildings are designed in accordance with the desired sunlight direction, with the purpose of exploiting sunlight and regulating the need for artificial light. Roofscapes are orientated to direct rainwater into a reservoir, where it can be harvested and recycled for domestic use. Solar panels on both the south facing roofs will provide electricity. The research centre aims to facilitate the study of hyper-accumulative plants in cleaning the soil, in addition to a public recreational facility that provides a connection with the environment and draws awareness to the pollution crisis that is still very critical in Cork Harbour today.