February 28, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Grangegorman Development Agency in cooperation with the Irish Government announces an international architecture competition for the development of a modern new campus, along with health and other facilities at Grangegorman, a 30-hectare site located one kilometre from the city centre, for the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Services Executive (HSE).
The goal of the architecture competition is to achieve the master plan and schematic design solution for the development of Grangegorman, providing for: education and health facilities; access and use of facilities by residents services roads, water, drainage and utilities; public transport requirements; refurbishment of listed buildings; recreational facilities; and a research and development facility.
Grangegorman is in the north inner city with a long history of serving the people of Dublin since the establishment of the Houses of Industry for the poor in the 1770s. With large expanses of open space it also has a number of churches and remains of old structures such as the Lower House built on a large quadrangle (designed by Francis Johnston in the 1800s) and the front range and central spine of the old prison from around the same time. Later work by G. Murray throughout the 19th century is recorded in the national collections and is available in the Irish Architectural Archives.
The new design for Grangegorman should bring this old city centre area to life. It should demonstrate a synergy in how we work/live together with integrated education, services and health facilities, and should become a landmark site in the north inner city.
Expressions of interest from architectural practices are due by April 5, 2007. This invitation is open to all architectural firms, joint ventures, or consortia of architects, as eligible under EU Directive 2005/36/EC or comparable registration recognized by a national government.
The competition jury will be independent, and will include internationally renowned architects. It will also carry a significant financial recognition for successful shortlisted applicants.
The international architecture competition has great importance in the context of education, research and integrated health care in Ireland. The development agency plans have the full backing of an Act of Parliament and are a key to the development of central Dublin as noted in the countrys national development plan.
Detailed information on the architecture competition and its terms and conditions is available at the competition website at www.grangegormandevelopmentagency.ie.