Carr Cotter Naessens Architects Announced As Winning Design Team On TU Dublin FOCAS Research Institute | Irish Building Magazine.fr


This appointment is the culmination of an open and inclusive procurement process for this ambitious project, which set ambitious design goals in response to the climate crisis.

From a list of 40 applications, 5 teams were shortlisted for stage 2 of the competition:

  • A2 Architects;
  • Carr, Cotter Naessens Architects;
  • the architects of Clancy Moore;
  • the architects of Heneghan Peng; and
  • John McLaughlin Architects.

The Carr Cotter Naessens Architects Competition team includes: Moloney O’Beirne Architects, Punch Consulting Engineers (structural and civil), Murphy Façade Studio (facades), Brady Shipman Martin (landscape), Prochem (laboratory specialist) and Chris Mee Group (PSDP).

A separately acquired technical team now completes the FOCAS design team.

The technical team includes: RPS (Building services engineering & sustainability), Duke McCaffrey (cost control, project management & life cycle evaluation) and Maurice Johnson & Partners (fire safety consultant).

Speaking of the appointment, Ger Casey, CEO of GDA, said: “We had a strong response to the design competition and the high quality of submissions was great to see. We are delighted to welcome Carr Cotter Naessens Architects to the Grangegorman project and to work with the team to deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly building for TU Dublin.

The FOCAS Research Institute represents a radical change in the way the Agency purchases its projects. The competition’s approach showed the value and role of design in responding to the climate emergency, and it is something that will continue to be developed for future projects at Grangegorman.

Dr Brendan Jennings, Vice President of Research and Innovation at TU Dublin, said: “Located in the heart of the Grangegorman campus, this cutting-edge research and innovation center will further enhance the reputation of the university as a globally engaged, comprehensive and research-oriented university. institution. The facility will embody the ethics of the FOCAS Institute of supporting researchers from all scientific, technological and engineering disciplines, enabling TU Dublin to develop and improve our research capacity and create more knowledge transfer opportunities with innovators and entrepreneurs located in the adjacent Greenway Hub. We look forward to Carr Cotter Naessens Architects realizing our vision of developing a sustainable and environmentally friendly building that will meet the needs of researchers at TU Dublin for many generations to come.

Louise Cotter, Carr Cotter Naessens Architects, said: We are delighted to be nominated for this prestigious commission following the two-stage design competition for the FOCAS Research Institute. We recognize the ambitions of TU Dublin and GDA for a truly sustainable building which the strategy of the campus master plan and look forward to developing a rigorous and innovative design concept for the building.

The design team has now started the preliminary design phase of the project.

The FOCAS research institute is to be relocated to Grangegorman from its current location across the Liffey in southern Dublin city center. It advances the full development of the Grangegorman site as envisioned in the award winning Grangegorman Master Plan (2008).

This approximately 4,500 m2 The facility – adjacent to students and researchers in science and health, and engineering disciplines – will further consolidate a new hub of research and innovation within the Grangegorman campus.

The GDA is a statutory agency established in 2006 by the Irish government as part of the Grangegorman Development Agency Act 2005 to redevelop the 30 ha (73 acres) of former St. Brendan Hospital grounds in North Dublin city center.

The mission of the GDA is to transform Grangegorman into a vibrant community encompassing a world-class, integrated and inclusive campus for education, health and community. This objective will be achieved by providing a built environment in line with the vision of the Grangegorman master plan.

In doing so, the Agency’s vision is to be recognized locally and internationally as an example of community urban regeneration, focused on education and health.


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