Hook Heritage has launched an international design competition for a landmark visitor attraction close to Hook Lighthouse in Ireland, the world’s oldest operating lighthouse
Open to multidisciplinary teams, the contest seeks ‘fun, engaging and informative’ proposals to boost visitor numbers at Hook Head, County Wexford, in the south-east of Ireland.
The winning scheme will be constructed near to the lighthouse, which was first constructed in 1172 and was operated by monks from a nearby monastery until the mid-17th century.
According to the brief: ‘Hook Heritage is looking for an inspiring, compelling tourism proposition worthy of gracing this iconic, landmark location in Ireland. It must be a world-class concept that delivers the potential of the site whilst reflecting its history and location.
‘The planned development must be grounded within the Fáilte Ireland brand Ireland’s Ancient East, which is built upon nine separate stories: ancient Ireland, big houses and hard times, castles and conquests, maritime gateway, high kings and heroes, sacred Ireland, Vikings, sport of kings and mystical waterway.’
Originally built by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke – the 35m-tall limestone tower was erected to protect ships entering nearby Waterford Harbour.
The four-storey medieval tower features walls up to 4m thick, and was converted to electric power in 1972 before being fully automated 20 years ago.
The remote rural site, which became a visitor centre in 2001, is home to a gift shop, a café serving speciality seafood, the old lighthouse keepers’ cottages and several observation towers.
Activities on the site, which receives around 210,000 visitors every year, include guided tours of the lighthouse alongside arts and crafts workshops and classes. A picnic area, coastguard display, exhibition room, toilets, car park and pirate ship also feature as part of the complex.
Submissions for the new attraction should include a conceptual design, cost plan, project programme, financial projections and stakeholder management strategy.
Applicants must have strong project management skills and experience of delivering similar heritage tourism concepts. Three examples of previous projects should be provided.
The deadline for applications is noon, 8 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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