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Major University College Dublin contest to launch this year

University College Dublin campus
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An international competition to find an architect to create a landmark addition to Ireland’s University College Dublin (UCD) begins in 2018

The two-stage contest, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, will select a team to create a new £42 million Centre for Creative Design and to re-masterplan the entrance to the UCD campus (pictured).

The new 8,000m² building is part of plans to deliver ‘exemplary’ 21st-century facilities for students and staff and raise the profile of the university locally and internationally.

UCD president Andrew J Deeks said: ‘The architectural quality of our campus offers us an immediate way to communicate what UCD is about: an exceptional student experience, a productive intellectual exchange and an ambition to impact the world that draws students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

‘Holding an international design competition is a perfect fit with our day-to-day values of stimulating creativity, welcoming talent and rewarding excellence. We’re very much looking forward to the competition launching in early 2018.’

Competition director Malcolm Reading said: ‘This project has the potential to define UCD, the largest university in Ireland, over the next 50 years. As the project has two distinct aspects, this could be a great opportunity for an emerging practice to collaborate with an established one.’

This could be a great opportunity for an emerging practice to collaborate with an established one

Located on a wooded campus close to Dublin’s city centre, UCD was founded in 1854 and today hosts more than 33,000 students. The university campus features a mid-20th-century core designed by Andrzej Wejchert and a new Confucius Institute for Ireland designed by Robin Lee, is due to open next year.

The first round of the competition invites expressions of interest from creative multidisciplinary teams organised under a lead consultant and including expertise in architecture, masterplanning, urban design, landscape, sustainability, engineering and transport planning.

Five shortlisted teams will then be invited to visit the site and draw up concept designs for the new entrance precinct, the Centre for Creative Design. International teams will be required to team up with a local executive team during the second stage.

How to register

Visit the competition website to register for updates

Contact details

Catherine Reading
Malcolm Reading Consultants
8 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP

Email: catherine.reading@malcolmreading.co.uk
Tel: + 44 (0)207 831 2998

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