Gardens international Limerick

Gardens International Nominated for three major building Awards nominations in one week


Recognition of Limerick Twenty Thirty delivery of a world-class commercial building with Gardens International continues with the shortlisting of Gardens International for three major awards.

Following Gardens International recent success in winning the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) annual awards ‘New Build Workplace’ category, this stunning Henry Street building has been shortlisted for ‘Design Project of the Year’ at the prestigious KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellent Awards 2019, which are regarded as the nation’s top property sector awards.

Gardens International has also been shortlisted as one of only two Irish finalists in the Civic Trust Awards, which celebrate excellence in environmental and sustainable design in projects across Ireland and the UK that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.

And in a stellar week for Gardens International, the building that brilliantly blends old and new architectural styles was also shortlisted in two categories in the Irish Building & Design Awards 2019, including ‘Architectural Project of the Year’ and the ‘Commercial / Office Building Project of the Year’.


Gardens International was officially opened in March 2019 but by June it had already claimed major national recognition as it won the top prize in the New Build Workplace category in the prestigious Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland annual awards.

The state-of-the-art commercial office development, which was the first major build in the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme, was designed by Carr Cotter Naessens and Denis Byrne Architects.

The 100,000 sq. ft Gardens International opened its doors in March after an 18-month build. It blends the 19th century Roches Hanging Gardens, which included roof-top gardens of exotic fruits; the Mercantile Building; the former General Post Office developed there a century later and a gleaming new build to the rear.  The project has also been developed to LEED Gold standards – the top international benchmark for sustainability.

Limerick Twenty Thirty CEO David Conway said.  “Getting nominations for three major awards in the space of just one week says a lot about the quality of the architectural design and delivery at Gardens International.   When we took over the building it was in a pretty bad state; the historic elements of it crumbling and the new aspect to the rear only half built and a dreadful eyesore.  The end result to today is a credit to everyone who worked on the building.

“It really is a special place and it’s no wonder the space here has been almost entirely snapped up by a leading international player in its field, Nordic Aviation Capital, the largest regional aircraft lessor in the world.”