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Kane Building Upgrade Works

Kane Building Facade

Project Description

The Kane Science Building was opened in 1971 and a  major refurbishment both in terms of facilities provided and in terms of the building fabric is planned.  Some internal improvements have been undertaken in recent years to undergraduate and research laboratories with part funding being secured from the Higher Education Authority.

A Feasibility Study has been carried out for the redevelopment of the Kane Building in its entirety.  This study identified and prioritized the works for the immediate and future phases of the project.  The study also considers the capacity of existing mechanical and electrical services & utilities, condition of the façade, signage & wayfinding; and the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) for the entire building.

The feasibility study identified that Phase 1 of this process was to upgrade elements of the ventilation systems in various labs throughout the building and the buildings 46-year-old cast iron water tanks. The upgrade works were carried out with through the summer months of 2019 when lab use was low.  These works were coordinated by the Capital Projects Office with the help of the Chemistry Department and the Engineering Maintenance and Utilities Department within Buildings and Estates. 

A significant refurbishment of the corridors and central stair core was carried out over the summer of 2022.

In April 2023 the HEA announced that UCC were successful in their application for funding under the second round of the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) for €25m towards the major refurbishment of the building.  


Status Procurement of Design Team is underway.

 Project Team

UCC                                Tim Cronin               Capital Projects Officer 
Design Team To be determined                                      


Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork