Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Technical

Original Use

Water tower

In Use As

Water tower


1965 - 1975


165360, 73069

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Freestanding water tower, designed 1968; built 1971-2, on a circular plan. Reinforced concrete "kinked" piers circling precast concrete columnar tube with precast concrete fluted water tank having scalloped coping. Set in shared grounds with roughcast boundary wall to perimeter having concrete coping.


A water tower commissioned by Cork Corporation to support the suburban expansion of the city and the development of 1,700 houses in Churchfield, Hollyhill and Knocknaheeny. The water tower, its fluted tank storing 400,000 gallons of clean drinking water, was designed (1968) by Malachy Walsh and Partners (established 1967) and was inspired by the Château d'Eau de la Guérinière (1956-8), Caen, Normandy, by the Brutalist architect Guillaume Gillet (1912-87). The contractors were Bowen Mullally and Company (established 1968) and the estimated cost of £58,200 rose to £73,896 on completion. Councillor Gerald Yael Goldberg (1912-2003) described the water tower as 'futuristic' but predicted that it would 'fit into the landscape': that prediction may not have come to pass and the water tower, occupying an elevated site, is a conspicuous and striking landmark visible from several points around the city.