Monaghan County Council has launched a design competition for a new £7 million peace campus in Ireland
Planned to complete in 2021 – the project aims to promote peace, reconciliation and social inclusion in the region close to the border with Northern Ireland which suffered from sectarian violence in the past.
The contest seeks ‘ambitious and iconic’ proposals for the new building which will feature a community hub, youth club, library and a cultural heritage centre.
New facilities for the Ulster Scots Agency will also be included alongside a large civic square, car parking and an outdoor play area.
According to the brief: ‘The project is to be an integrated development that will bring together a number of elements and to be a key component in the regeneration of north part of Monaghan town.’
The document continued: ‘The project is to create a cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services.
‘The design should have regard to the scale and character of development in the area; it should provide a positive contribution to the streetscape and should be a regional landmark development.’
The campus will occupy a 6,600m² former council depot overlooking a prominent junction of the main roads to Dublin and Derry.
Nearby landmarks within the northern part of the historic county town include a Garda station, fire station, Monaghan bus station and a Lidl store.
The Monaghan Peace Campus will host intergenerational programmes and exhibitions focussing on the causes of prejudice and conflict.
The cultural heritage centre will feature historical artefacts and displays focussing on the natural landscape of the border region. Information about cultural history, early literature, music, song, art, customs, beliefs, traditions and folklore will also be included.
Monaghan’s existing branch library will meanwhile be relocated inside the new campus with shelf space for around 40,000 volumes.
New meeting rooms, business incubator units, outreach areas and space for anchor tenants will furthermore be delivered as part of the community hub.
The competition comes more than three years after Daniel Libeskind and Belfast-based McAdam Design won panning permission for an £18 million peace centre on the site of Northern Ireland’s former Maze Prison.
The project however stalled in the summer of 2013 after the EU withdrew funding amid deteriorating relations between the DUP and Sinn Fein.
Proposals should be fully accessible, flexible and feature natural ventilation and high-quality artificial lighting. Whole life energy, water and CO2 costs of the building must also be considered in line with environmental standards such as BREEAM.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on 14 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Monaghan County Council
Tel: +353 4730500
Fax: +353 4782739