Dublin City Council is recruiting a design team for a new £13 million white-water course at George’s Dock in Custom House Quay
The architect-led integrated design team chosen for the £2.2 million contract will draw up for a major new canoeing and kayaking facility within the historic wharf, which was constructed by Scottish engineer John Rennie in 1821 as part of a larger commercial complex.
The project, planned to complete in 2020, will create a white-water course and a flood-rescue training centre for emergency services. Nearby council-owned offices will be converted into supporting spaces for the facility and a public lido may also be created.
According to the brief: ‘Dublin City Council intends to develop a white-water course including a swift water rescue training facility and a public lido at George’s Dock, Custom House Quay. It is also proposing, as part of the overall project, to repurpose the City Council’s Docklands Offices on Custom House Quay.
‘It is envisaged that the white-water course will be located around the edge of George’s Dock (which is adjacent to Custom House Quay) with the swift water training course and possible public lido located on the centre island in the Dock. Water for the facility will be drawn by culvert from the larger dock further north.’
Dublin Docklands is a major regeneration zone on the River Liffey, stretching from the Talbot Memorial Bridge to HOK’s 3Arena. George’s Dock was created in 1821 as part of a complex of warehouses and docks west of the city’s 1791 Custom House.
Today the dock features a large pontoon and is often used for open-air public events.
The latest project will transform the dock into a new 250m-long white-water course featuring a pumping station, canoe conveyor, pontoon and a central island, which could be used to host the lido.
As part of the scheme a new Mechanical Control Centre featuring public toilets, external showers and a small café will be created, while the neighbouring council-owned Docklands Offices will be transformed into a ticketing area, visitor orientation area, changing rooms and training room.
The deadline for applications is midday, 16 May.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Dublin City Council
Tel: +353 2223615