RIAI opens design contest for Dublin arena
An open international design competition has been launched for the £16 million overhaul of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Arena in Ireland
The two-stage contest will select a ‘signature’ design to boost capacity at the multi-purpose venue from 18,500 to 25,000.
Known as the RDS Arena, the stadium in suburban Ballsbridge is home to both Leinster Rugby and the Dublin Horse Show.
The competition – organised by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) – seeks proposals to rebuild the Anglesea Stand and create more seating in the North, South and Grand stands.
Currently only the Grandstand and Angelsea Stand are permanent with the north and south stands removed for equestrian events.
Corporate hospitality areas and media facilities will also be improved as part of the project which is expected to complete in 2017.
Announcing the competition, RDS chief executive Michael Duffy said: ‘The RDS has been home to Leinster Rugby since 2007 and we are delighted tomove on to the next stage of our relationship with them, which is to collaborate on a new stadium development from which both parties will benefit.’
He continued: ‘The RDS is already on a world stage as an equestrian and now rugby venue and our ambition is for a world leading stadium with facilities on a par with the best anywhere. It is for this reason that we have decided to launch this open competition and to seek design ideas from the best in the world.’
RIAI President Robin Mandal added: ‘This is a unique process for the design of stadia in Ireland. Never before has an international competition of this nature been held and we are certainly very excited by what we will see both domestically and from abroad.’
Shortlisted teams will receive around £8,000 each to develop concept designs during the competition’s second stage. The selection process is expected to last around six months.
The construction budget is around £16 million excluding furniture, equipment, professional fees and VAT.
The registration fee is around £98 and the deadline for registration is 8 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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