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HOK wins planning for Lansdowne Road stadium - images

HOK Sport has won the green light for its new 50,000-seater Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin.

The £200 million project, backed by both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland, was granted planning last week, and is the culmination of two-and-a-half years' work (HOK unveils 'shimmering' Dublin stadium plan).

The stadium, with its undulating form, is reminiscent of HOK's previous success stories - the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and Portuguese team Benfica FC's Stadium of Light.

According to the practice, the scheme will provide an 'ephemeral addition' to Dublin's skyline - 'its form, mass, materials and aspect are all defined by the site and its surroundings'.

The stadium will take on a 'shimmering form' due to its transparent facade, and it will rise in both the east and west, while falling in the north and south to reduce the impact it will have on the surrounding neighbourhoods.

The Irish planning board, An Bord Pleanála, said in a statement that the planning decision was made easier by the design being so 'site specific', as it took into account local properties.

Both the Irish rugby and football teams hope to be back playing in front of a Lansdowne crowd by the start of the 2009/10 season.

The previous Lansdowne Road stadium was the oldest rugby stadium in the UK, built in 1872, and it staged the first ever international match in 1878 when Ireland played England.

Both the national football and rugby teams are currently using the nearby Croke Park, which has a capacity of 82,500.

by Richard Vaughan

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