The National University of Ireland, Maynooth is recruiting an architect for a new £10.5 million student centre in County Kildare
The winning architect-led design team will draw up plans for a ‘distinctive and original’ 4,000m² building on the prestigious university’s 40 hectare north campus.
Intended to create a new landmark for the campus on the edge of the historic town – the project is part of an ambitious bid by the university to deliver the best student centre in Ireland.
According to the brief: ‘The student centre should reflect ‘The Maynooth Experience’ — welcoming, friendly, vibrant and inclusive. It must have the highest design quality, environmental sustainability and procurement approach; creating a contemporary, innovative and exciting student environment.’
‘Our purpose is to provide students with a home from home, a community space that welcomes and encourages participation, gathering and belonging and provides services and supports in response to the ongoing needs of the growing student body.’
Maynooth University – formally known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth – is the republic’s youngest, smallest and fastest growing university. It was founded when the arts, Celtic studies, philosophy and science departments of Maynooth’s historic St Patrick’s College seminary were transformed into an independent university in 1997.
The north campus is home to the university’s existing students union, the John Hume Building by Scott Talon Walker and the £17.5 million Eolas building (pictured) designed by Coady Architects which opened last year.
Up to eight teams will be shortlisted for the £870,000 student centre contract. Cost management, quantity surveying, mechanical and electrical engineering and structural and civil engineering services must all be provided by the winning team.
The deadline for applications is 12noon on 3 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
National University of Ireland
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