Civic Plaza, Portlaoise Co. Laois


  • Client: Laois County Council
  • Commencement Date: April 2008
  • Completion Date: March 2010
  • Function: Landscape Architect
  • Capital Value: £3m

The aim was to create a unique and inviting civic square to provide a centre for community events and more casual, daily gatherings. It was to be attractive throughout the year,day and night.

The gently sloping park area creates a green space for lunch breaks and gathering and is proving very popular. White, low concrete walls and hedging casually segment the green open space and provide sitting areas.

A tensile canopy above a new stage in the civic square provides an attractive new venue for open air events.

The scheme won a Civic Trust Award in 2009.