Expressions of interest sought for masterplanning of Grangegorman site

The Grangegorman Development Agency is seeking Expressions of Interest in relation to the masterplanning of the Grangegorman site on which DIT's new integrated campus is to be developed. Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, welcomed the advertising of the selection process. 'This is a major step forward and we are delighted that the Grangegorman Development Agency has moved to invite expressions of interest from the best urban design teams in Ireland and internationally. Masterplanning will set the tone for this entire project which is going to have huge significance for Dublin's infrastructure, and for economic, social and cultural development in the wider Dublin region.'

According to Professor Norton, 'The masterplanners' brief will be to plan how the entire site will be landscaped, including how the site will be accessed, how people will navigate through it, which buildings will be located where and adjacent to which other buildings and services. Commissioning of designs for individual buildings will follow at a later stage when the whole site has been mapped out.'

Grangegorman aerial view

The process for selecting masterplanners will involve three distinct stages. At Stage One all submissions from interested teams will be reviewed and a 'long list' of up to ten submissions will be drawn up. These ten 'candidates' will be invited for interview and from that process four or five will be invited to proceed to Stage Two when they will be asked to submit designs. A competition jury will then select up to three candidates to move to Stage Three, described as a 'negotiated procedure'. Following a detailed evaluation of the responses at this stage, the winning candidate or team will be awarded the Masterplanning agreement and work will start in earnest.

The Agency has published details of the process online at http://www.ggcompetition.com/

The development of a new campus for DIT on the Grangegorman site will see the Institute move all of its activities on to one integrated campus. Currently located on six main campus sites across the city centre, the new campus will facilitate more cross-disciplinary activity in teaching, in research and in interaction with industry and with the community. The Grangegorman site will be developed by the Agency on behalf of DIT, the HSE, the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Health and Children, and it will result in the development of a ground-breaking education and health campus.

For information on DIT's campus planning click here.

The Grangegorman Development Agency website is at www.grangegormandevelopmentagency.ie

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