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Competition: New Metro North, Dublin

Luas dublin tram on abbey street image by william murphy
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Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is recruiting an architect for a new £2 billion tram line in north Dublin

The winner of the estimated £420,000 contract will draw up conceptual designs for the 17km route, dubbed New Metro North (NMN), connecting Dublin’s city centre to the airport and the estuary in Swords.

The £2 billion project will deliver 14 stations, including six underground stops. The chosen team will create an architectural identity and ‘distinct character’ for the route along with concept designs for its stations and a strategy for bridges, tunnels, landscaping and public realm.

In its brief,TII says it is looking for ‘a scheme concept architect who will develop an architectural vision and strategy for NMN. The vision will shape an architectural strategy that will provide a distinct character and form for NMN.

‘The scheme concept architect will be expected to work within strict budgetary constraints to deliver a project which combines the very best in architectural vision, without losing sight of the overarching need to ensure value for money for public funds.’

The tram line was first proposed in 2001 and originally scheduled to open in 2014, but was put on hold following the financial crash which froze many projects in the country.

Revived in a revised form last year, the line will link Dublin’s northern suburbs to the city centre via the international airport, with several raised and subterranean sections. It is scheduled to start on site in 2021 and open to passengers in 2026, with an expected 30 million passengers a year,

The journey time from O’Connell Street in central Dublin to the airport will be just 19 minutes. The route will feature 60m-long trams – 50 per cent longer than those used on the city’s existing LUAS line (pictured).

The winning team will develop an architectural strategy demonstrating how NMN’s infrastructure will integrate into Dublin’s surroundings. Architectural concepts for the city-centre and suburban stations will also be required along with conceptual studies for key at-grade and elevated sections of the proposed route.

The deadline for applications is noon, 15 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Paula Lillis
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Parkgate Business Centre
Parkgate Street
D08 DK10

Tel: +353 16463400
Email: paula.lillis@tii.ie


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