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HKR and Make win Dublin markets comp

HKR Architects and Make have won the competition to redevelop the 19th-century fruit and vegetable markets in Dublin.

The Markets Regeneration Consortium team, which includes urbanist Gehl Architects, hailed its victory in the Dublin City Market contest as a chance to recreate the Temple Bar district.

The mixed-use project will feature a retail market, wholesale outlets, offices, homes and restaurants on the 13,000m2 plot in the north of the city centre.

Nick Sutton, project architect at HKR, described the scheme as a ‘new stepping stone’ along the Luas tram corridor between the Heuston Station gateway in the west of the city and the blossoming docklands in the east.

Sutton said: ‘The markets area, as it is, now leaves a significant gap in that continuity.

‘It’s a fantastic morning place – a marvellous mix of prison vans, bewigged barristers, forklifts and the occasional horse and cart.

‘But [in the afternoon], apart from its residents, it empties and dies as a contributor to the city and its interconnectivity. We reckon our scheme will be one of the most significant interventions to be made... for what it can do in stitching the city together.’

The proposed scheme aims to open up views and access from south of the River Liffey to Temple Bar, create a new square, and tie in with the 18th-century Four Courts area.

A planning application is expected to be submitted this summer.

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