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Competition: Trinity College Dublin E3 Learning Foundry

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Trinity College Dublin is seeking an architect to design a landmark £22 million learning centre within its historic College Green campus

The winning architect-led team will draw up plans for a 5,046m2 ‘living laboratory’ bringing together the university’s teaching and research activities in the fields of engineering, energy and the environment.

The E3 Learning Foundry project, planned to complete in 2022, aims to deliver a ‘striking building of outstanding architecture’ in the south-east corner of Trinity College Dublin’s 45ha city-centre campus. Existing spaces freed up by the creation of the new building will also be refurbished.

According to the brief: ‘The purpose of the overall project is to develop a new institute for interdisciplinary study and research into engineering, energy and the environment to anchor an innovation district in Dublin.

‘This first phase, the E3 Learning Foundry, envisages the co-location of the teaching activities of the three schools of Engineering, Natural Science and Computer Science & Statistics at the east end of the Trinity College campus.’

The E3 Learning Foundry includes the construction of a new building, the refurbishment of spaces vacated by those moving to the new building and the refurbishment of ramp-up space to accommodate arriving staff in advance of the new building’s completion.

Trinity College sits opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament. It was founded in 1592 and is the oldest university in the country. Historic buildings on the university’s main site include the Thomas Burgh-designed 1732 Old Library where the famous Book of Kells is kept.

The latest project will deliver a new ‘loose fit, versatile and vibrant’ building to be shared between the university’s schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science and Statistics. The near zero energy structure is expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent and feature staff accommodation, flexible teaching areas, laboratories and informal learning spaces.

The call for applications comes one year after Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects won a publicly tendered contract worth £700,000 to design a visitor centre inside ABK’s Berkeley Library at University of Dublin Trinity College.

The practice defeated an unnamed shortlist to win the commission for a 2,000m² visitor centre, shop and temporary exhibition space inside ABK’s original competition-winning 1967 structure.

That project, scheduled to complete in 2020, will provide a new hub for the one million people who visit the university’s College Green campus every year.

In May the university launched a separate search for a team to masterplan a new 100,000m2 waterside development featuring academic institutes, commercial space and student accommodation.

The £840 million Trinity Technology Enterprise Campus campus is also expected to feature a new ‘E3 Institute’ combining research into engineering, computer sciences and natural sciences, alongside a new home for Trinity’s Lir Academy and School of Creative Technologies.

The deadline for applications is midday, 15 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Deirdre O’Shea
The University of Dublin Trinity College
College Green

Tel: +353 018963207
Email: oshead2@tcd.ie 

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