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Architects sought for overhaul of Northern Ireland's Maze Prison

The long-running saga surrounding the future of the notorious Maze Prison site in Northern Ireland finally looks close to being resolved.

The Northern Irish government has launched a search to find an architect-led 'multi-disciplinary design team' to convert the complex into a new sports stadium.

The move will come as a blow to both historians keen to study the prison's past, and sports fans who want the new facilities built in Belfast rather than on the Long Kesh plot 13km south of the city ( Problems and opposition dog Maze stadium plans).

However, following initial proposals by architect KSS, the Northern Irish Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is taking forward the £85 million scheme to build a multi-sports stadium to be used for Gaelic football, soccer and rugby union.

According to the government, all three of the sports' governing bodies have agreed to the decision, even though ground sharing could still be problematic because of the different sized pitches required.

Requests for documentation must be made by 21 July and tenders have to be submitted by 28 July.

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by Richard Waite

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