Ireland’s Department of Defence is seeking an architect for a £1.3 million overhaul of the dining hall at Custume Barracks in Athlone
The winning architect-led design team will refurbish and upgrade the semicircular facility, which was constructed in the 1950s and is no longer fit for purpose.
The complex was first established in 1698, and renamed in 1922 after Sergeant Custume who defended the area during the Siege of Athlone.
Today the town-centre site, overlooking the river Shannon, is home to the 6th infantry battalion, 2nd brigade artillery regiment and detachments of Ireland’s engineer company and medical corps.
The barracks is one of several sites maintained by the Irish Army, which employs around 7,300 men and women. Alongside defending the country, the army has participated in peacekeeping missions in the Congo, Lebanon, Bosnia and Syria.
The project will modernise the dining hall, which has undergone several alterations since it first opened and is now divided into three separate spaces.
The selected team will need to create a new layout for dining areas and serveries, as well as providing additional toilets, improved roof insulation, renewed mechanical and electrical services and upgraded ventilation facilities.
Teams will be vetted by Ireland’s An Garda Síochána police force as part of the application process for the project.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 16 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Department of Defence
Tel: +353 45492429
Fax: +353 45492208