Award-winning Thomond Park architects to close
The top architects behind Thomond Park have become the latest high-profile victim of the property bust, it was revealed today.
Award-winning Murray O Laoire Architects has collapsed with the loss of 127 jobs in offices in Dublin, Cork and Limerick as well as Moscow, Bratislava in Slovakia and Aachen in Germany.
The firm also had a presence in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Barbados and Abu Dhabi.
Directors of the company, set up in 1979 by Hugh Murray and Sean O Laoire, blamed mounting debts and a lack of new building projects.
They also said it was getting increasingly difficult to get paid on time - if at all - for work carried out.
In a short statement, the company said it would do all it could within the constraints of the liquidation process to minimise the impact of the collapse on its creditors, clients and staff.
It is unclear what the effect will be on existing projects while it will hold a meeting with its creditors in the coming days.
As well as the Thomond Park rugby station, which won an RIAI Irish Architecture Award last year, Murray O Laoire has won awards and acclaim for the CIT Cork School of Music and the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway.
They were also behind Athlone Town Centre, the Green Building in Temple Bar, Dublin and the Irish Pavillion at the Hannover Expo 2000.