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New competition to transform infamous Belfast prison

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A contest has been launched to find an architect-led team to design a new International Centre for Conflict Transformation (ICCT) at the infamous former Maze/Long Kesh prison in Belfast.


The £15 million project is the latest in the ongoing regeneration of the complex, and follows the announcement earlier this year that HOK Sport had been appointed to design a new multi-sports stadium elsewhere on the huge site.




The Northern Irish authorities now want to find a team to draw up a ‘mini-masterplan’ and, eventually, detailed designs for the proposed ICCT.




According to the brief, the proposals ‘must embrace the historic buildings’ and include the possibility of refurbishing ‘existing listed prison buildings as well as the prison main gate complex’.




It is expected that a full planning application will be submitted by mid 2008.




The deadline for requests for documents is 29 June.




Foe more information about the contest, visit www.ted.europa.eu (2007/S 107-132156)




by Richard Waite

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