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Architect sought to masterplan Swords Castle environs

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Fingal County Council in Ireland is on the hunt for an architect to upgrade Swords Castle and its surrounding area

The winning team will create an architectural and cultural masterplan for the district around the 800 year-old former residence of the Archbishop of Dublin.

Town councillors have previously described the run-down area around the castle as looking ‘something like Dresden’ after the war.

The winning team will fist create an interim report based on research into Swords town centre which is around 13 kilometre north of Dublin.

The architect will then compile this material into a draft masterplan and report for the council to comment on.

Swords Castle was built in the early thirteenth century but appears to have been abandoned around 1326 and was later sporadically as a home for retired archbishops and local constables.

During the nineteenth century the 0.6 hectare site was used as an orchard. The town centre landmark was eventually purchased by Fingal County Council in 1985 and restoration of the decaying structure is still underway.

Submissions must include a method statement, program and schedule of resources for the six month job. All candidates will be required to complete a pre qualification questionnaire.

The deadline for expressions of interest 27 June.

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