Granard Motte Community Enterprise (GMCE) is on the hunt for an architect for a new visitor centre at Granard Motte and Bailey castle in County Longford, Ireland
The winning team will draw up plans for a visitor centre – featuring an exhibition space, restaurant, toilets and reception – next to the large flat-topped, circular earthen mound.
Plans for a six hectare park featuring a picnic area, play facilities, footpaths and parking will also be required.
Thought to be the highest motte in Ireland, the 166 metre-tall structure was erected by the Norman Knight Richard de Tuite in around 1199.
A statue of St Patrick was placed on the mound in 1932 to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the saint’s second visit to Ireland.
GMCE purchased the site from Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency early last year. Interested participants will be able to view the property on 26 November between 10am and 1pm and on Saturday 28 November between 10am and 1pm.
The deadline for requests to participate is 10am on 18 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Granard Motte Community Enterprise