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Former Dublin mental asylum site to become technology and health centre

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An international design competition has been launched to develop a new campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Services Executive in the Republic of Ireland.

The competition is calling for a masterplan and schematic designs for a 30km site, just outside Dublin's city centre.

The search has been launched on behalf of Grangegorman Development Agency to provide education and health facilities, recreational facilities and the refurbishment of listed buildings.

The site has a long history of serving the people of Dublin: in the 1770s it was the site of the 'houses of industry' for the poor, and it is home to a number of churches, a prison and other listed buildings. By the early 1800s it had become the district mental asylum.

The competition brief calls for the incorporation of this history into the new design, which, it is hoped, will become a 'landmark site' to the north of Dublin's city centre.

The initial expressions of interest should be received by early April 2007, and will be judged by an independent panel, including 'internationally renowned' architects.

For more information, and to express an interest, visit www.grangegormandevelopmentagency.ie

by Richard Vaughan

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