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Irish government launches Dublin primary school contest

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Ireland’s Department of Education and Skills has launched a design competition for a new 4,850m² primary school in Dublin

The two-stage competition – organised by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland – seeks proposals for a 24-classroom school with one Special Needs Unit.

The ‘exciting, functional, stimulating and modern’ facility will occupy a compact inner city plot on Harcourt Terrace.

The site – overlooking Dublin’s Grand Canal - is currently home to a former Garda Station and the Irish Film Censor Building.

According to a statement from the department: ‘The site involved in this competition is a wonderful opportunity for a creative team – but it will be challenging.’

Proposals must address the plot’s historical context, be environmentally friendly and conform with the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 -2015. 

The competition jury includes past RIBA president Sunand Prasad and Tony Sheppard – chair of the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments.

Shortlisted teams will receive around £3,800 each to participate in the contest’s second stage and the winner will take home approximately £15,000 and the building commission.  

Competitors must be qualified to practice within the European Union and the winning team will be required to join the Irish Register of Architects.

The deadline for submissions is 12pm on 30 March.

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