Design Competition for new Primary School launched


The Department of Education and Skills today launched an architectural design competition for a new primary school in an urban setting.

The winning entry will be awarded an actual commission for a specific site. The site is at Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, and comprises the former Garda Station and Irish Film Censor Building, overlooking the Grand Canal. The site involved in this competition is a wonderful opportunity for a creative team – but it will be challenging.

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The brief is for a 24-classroom primary school, with a Special Needs Unit. The total floor size is approximately 4,850 square metres.

The architect-led full design team competition will be a two-stage process, to minimise costs for respondents and to encourage a high number of entrants. The competition jury will select a shortlist of entries to go forward to Stage 2, where more detailed design responses will be required.

The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) will administer the competition on behalf of the Department.

Full details can be found on the RIAI website at

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