Education, Conservation and Research Centre - Fota Wildlife Park

Education, Conservation and Research Centre

Education, Conservation and Research Centre


Fota Wildlife Park is proud to welcome you to the Education, Conservation and Research Centre (ECRC), co-funded by the Government of Ireland via the Office of Public Works, and completed in December 2023.

Auditorium and other features

Welcome to Fota Wildlife Park’s newest venture – a state-of-the-art Education, Conservation, and Research Centre designed to inspire, educate, and facilitate collaboration.

Nestled within the stunning surroundings of Fota Wildlife Park, and the base for the Education Department, the centre offers a unique venue for conferences, meetings, and events, a space where the corporate can intermingle with conservation, education and research in this newly opened facility, co-funded by the Government via the OPW.

The ECRC features a 265-seater auditorium that can be subdivided into two rooms if needed. The newly opened ECRC has several state-of-the-art classrooms or meeting rooms to accommodate groups of varying sizes. The total onsite educational or delegate capacity is 500 people.

Outside, there is a native plant and tree garden, many of these plants are under threat of extinction in Ireland. The open-air plaza with fixed canvas canopy will allow for outdoor seating for school lunches, dining or networking.

The ECRC also houses a large boardroom which can accommodate up to 50 people, making it suitable for corporate meetings and the large atrium acts as a suitable breakout area during conferences and other corporate events. The centre also offers changing facilities for people with additional needs.

Sustainable Design

The ECRC has placed sustainability at the forefront of the design by including innovative design elements and eco-friendly initiatives.

Recycled and reusable products have been used throughout the building of this complex and include timber parquet flooring in the auditorium made from recycled Midleton Distillery whiskey barrels. The outer walls of the entrance to the complex have been clad with Robinia timber that does not require any painting or maintenance and will last for up to 80 years and will be instrumental in helping to provide habitats for both native birds and bats.

The building has extensive solar panelling adorning its roof, harnessing this eco-friendly energy to power its operations and with a passive thermal design, will produce as much energy as it needs. A heat recovery ventilation system as well as substantial insulation in the external walls greatly reduces the energy demand of the ECRC complex.

Much of the pre-existing Education Centre’s footprint were maintained and upgraded during the construction as part of Fota Wildlife Park’s commitment to recycling and sustainability.

Embracing nature’s abundance, rainwater harvesting systems ensure efficient water management. There are two 10,000 litre rainwater storage tanks, supplying 80% of the centre’s water needs.

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