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O'Donnell + Tuomey triumphs in Cork uni contest

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O’Donnell + Tuomey has won a competition to design a new student hub for University College Cork

The appointment signals a return to the college for the Dublin-based practice, which designed the 2005 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Louis Glucksman Gallery at the Irish university.

Originally launched in December 2013, the contest called for an architect who could work with the historic campus’ existing buildings.

The scheme will include the refurbishment of the Victorian Gothic Revival Windle Medical Building alongside a new-build extension which will house learning spaces, student support and administration spaces.

The win tops off a successful year for the Irish practice, which saw its student centre at the London School of Economics (LSE) shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and its two founders Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey awarded the RIBA Gold Medal.

Commenting on the win, O’Donnell said: ‘It is ten years since we completed the Glucksman Gallery and it’s really nice to be back working at such a beautiful university campus.

‘We feel very prepared for this through our work at the LSE and on the Central European University Campus in Budapest.

‘This project is different to the LSE though. It is less social – the spaces are more about careers advice, support services and teaching.’

The practice is working with engineers Horgan Lynch and RPS alongside quantity surveyors Aecom on the job.

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