Kickham Barracks, formerly known as Clonmel Barracks, is physically at the heart of Clonmel , and was established on the current site in the late 18th century. After 230 years of service, the Defence Forces of Ireland vacated the barracks in March 2012. Tipperary County Council is now coordinating the redevelopment of the Barracks, the first stage of which is the completion of a detailed master plan to inform and control the site’s development.
For many decades it has been a secure and private enclosure, suitable to the military functions of an army barracks. With the redevelopment comes a once in a generation opportunity to integrate the former barracks site into the public domain of Clonmel. This should embody some of the best things about any town centre; complexity, vibrancy, interest, mixed use, conserved historic buildings, great new architecture, good human scale and a conserved historic urban pattern, reinterpreted for today. It is our intention that the redevelopment of Kickham Barracks will be nationally and internationally admired as a model of urban regeneration.
The texture of the redeveloped Kickham Barracks should be very rich, containing a similar intensity and number and range of functions as the rest of Clonmel town centre. This will give the place a wonderful sense of activity and life, and offers great possibilities for creative collaborations and synergies.
In researching for the new design we have identified what’s important about the existing public spaces in Clonmel, what works and what doesn’t work, to iron out conflicts and to support and encourage synergies and identify new opportunities – to creatively rebalance the area. We believe that the redeveloped Kickham Barracks must have a place for the ordinary, as well as the extraordinary, it must be cutting edge, with a pioneering spirit, and be a place to try new things out.
Please see the full final master plan below.