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Saturday 16 December 2017

Contest to pick school design for garda site

The Old Harcourt Terrace Garda Station.
Photo: Steve Humphreys
The Old Harcourt Terrace Garda Station. Photo: Steve Humphreys

THE Department of Education has laid out plans for a new city centre primary school on the site of a former garda station (inset).

A competition has been launched by the department and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) to find the winning design for the new school at Harcourt Terrace.

A spokesperson for the RIAI has said potential designers will need to create "an exciting, functional and modern educational environment for pupils and staff".

The school, which will also feature a dedicated special needs unit, must also be "sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly".

Architects must also consider the "important historic context" of the Dublin 2 site and be sure their design can be built within the cost parameters set out by the department for primary school buildings.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, has said he is "delighted" by the news that the empty building is "going to be put to good use".

He said: " It's wonderful that Dublin will get a new school. It's a beautiful building in a beautiful part of the city.

"I hope that some of the terrific architects we have here can come up with a great design."

Mr Burke also said he hoped the former Whitehall Garda Station can be put to "similar good use".

The closing date for submissions to the competition for the Harcourt Terrace building will be March 30.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Training said yesterday that details in relation to funding and when the project will begin have yet to be announced.

Each entrant who makes it through to the second round of selection processes will be paid an honorarium of €5,000, with the winning design team receiving €20,000.

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