Environmental Research Institute

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is located at the Lee Road, Cork adjacent to the Cork City Council's Waterworks. The project was funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 2. The project evolved through close collaboration with Cork City Council Environment Directorate who were providing the site for the development and  themselves developing the 'Sustainable City' project which saw the refurbishment of a number of buildings on the waterworks site as well the creation of an Urban Eco-centre, visitors centre, exhibition and seminar facilities.

The ERI is a three storey, 2890m 2, building comprising laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and adjacent car parking to house approx. 60 researchers. UCC met the highest standards of sustainable design using current best available design features, specifications, construction methods and control systems that conform to sustainable development and minimisation of environmental impacts.

The Team

Delivered by the UCC Capital Projects Team.

Design Team

Bucholz McEvoy - (Architects)
BDP - (Mechanical and Electrical Engineers)
M.C. O'Sullivan - (Civil and Structural Engineers)
John J. Casey & Co. - (Quantity Surveyors)
Project Management Ltd. - (Project Managers)


John Sisk & Son Ltd


The project started on site in January 2004 and was completed in Mid 2005. Micheal Martin, then Minister for Health & Children officiated at the unveiling of the foundation plaque for the Environmental Research Institute on 19 July 2004.


For further information please contact the Director of Buildings and Estates at mpoland@ucc.ie

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork