The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition for the design of a children’s centre on the existing site of Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge in Coolock, Dublin
Aoibhneas believes that Irish refuges must become more than temporary safe houses and become places that truly support children through the traumas of domestic violence. Aoibhneas wants to create an environment whereby children can reclaim their trust and feelings of safety.
Architects worldwide are being asked to design a state-of-the-art children’s centre facility which will include age appropriate play areas, homework, art and therapy rooms with space for children to spend time alone and with their families.
The subject site which is triangular in shape (3,214 m²) is located within a predominantly residential area. A courtyard building of refuge accommodation units (727m²) is located on the eastern corner of the site and encloses a small play area. Competitors should assume a budget in the range of €600,000 - €800,000. The outline cost plan in the competition pack provides additional information.
Submissions for Stage 1 will be evaluated on quality and innovation in architectural design and compliance with the competition brief.
The competition is open to persons who are currently included on the RIAI Register for Architects, or who could seek registration without significant delay (e.g. without requiring further assessment). You should consult the registration requirements at www.riai.ie/admissions/architects/ to check that you have the required qualifications and documentation to seek registration without requiring further assessment by the RIAI or any other examining body.
Competition Registration Opens: 18 February 2010
Withdrawal of Registration and refund of fee: 3 March 2010
Questions Deadline: 5 March 2010
Answers Circulated: 19 March 2010
Registration Deadline: 30 April 2010
Submission Deadline: 7 May 2010
Assessment: May 2010
Stage Two Opens: June 2010
Client contact details:
Karina O’Neill, Competitions Officer, RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland Email: email@example.com Tel: +353 1 669 1480 Fax: +353 1 661 0948
How to Register
The Registration Form is available in the Competitions section of the RIAI website www.riai.ie Download and complete the registration form including payment / payment details for the €121.00 registration fee (inclusive of VAT at 21%).
A registered competitor may withdraw a registration on or before Wednesday, 3 March 2010 and will be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. After that date no other refunds can be made in any circumstances whether a valid entry is submitted or not.
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Once a completed registration form with payment is received, a username and password will be emailed to you. The username and password will allow you to download the competition pack from the RIAI website www.riai.ie
Stage 1 submission requirements
Competitors are required to submit one A1 size sheet of information in a horizontal format. There is no specified format for submissions but competitors are required to provide the following minimum information:
a. Plans, sections and elevations at 1:200
b. Site plan at 1:500
c. Image(s) showing the building in context
Stage One entrants are required to present conceptual proposals, incorporating the above minimum requirements, and not detailed proposals.
Each competitor shall also submit a report, which will deal with the architectural, planning functional, environmental and technical factors relevant to the scheme with an Elemental Cost Plan. The report shall not exceed four A4 pages excluding a one page cost plan.