Left: The Main Entrance to the Riverside Gardens. Top Right: A perfect example of ‘ free play’ as a child uses the cast stone seats as makeshift stepping stones. Bottom Right: The new skate park continues beneath St Francis Bridge

ULI Placemaking Award for Kilkenny Riverside Gardens

Mitchell + Associates are delighted to announce that the Kilkenny Riverside Gardens scheme has been awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Overall National Excellence in Placemaking Award for 2021. The award is testament to the hard work put in behind the scenes by the entire design team including Malone O’Regan Engineers, Nolan Construction Consultants and of course the support of our client Kilkenny County Council.

The full list of winning projects and further details can be found here > 


The winning entry, the Abbey Quarter Riverside Garden and Skate Park in Kilkenny is a worthy winner of this year’s overall prize in that it epitomises the regenerative potential of a disused riverfront site in becoming a new community amenity and attraction.
Judging Panel
ULI Awards 2021
Installed by Spraoi Linn, the new skate park is proving to be a popular attraction bringing a buzz of activity to the Riverside Gardens.