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Five top names fight it out in Dublin university comp

A major design competition launched by University College Dublin (UCD) has attracted a host of star-studded names.

The shortlist to design a new Gateway Project for the university includes UK heavyweights Zaha Hadid Architects and Hopkins Architects, Germany's Ingenhoven Architects and Behnisch Architekten, and Snøhetta from Norway.

The 10ha Gateway Project is part of the university's campus-development plan, which aims to create a 'living, breathing, environment for students, staff, visitors and the wider community - transforming the campus from a predominantly suburban nine-to-five environment to a hub of activity'.

The five shortlisted firms have been asked to develop a mixed-use design, including cultural, leisure, academic, residential, hospitality, retail and commercial functions.

UCD president Hugh Brady, said: 'Our vision is to build on the wonderful facility we already have, turning it into a centre that matches the finest universities internationally.

'The architecture competition is core to this vision as it attracts the finest planners and designers to create an iconic centre for Dublin and this university.'

The final winner will be announced in April, selected by a panel of judges including Richard MacCormac, Hugh Brady and James O'Connor of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects.

by Richard Vaughan

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