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‘Town Centre Living’ Architectural Design Competition Launched

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, and the President of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Charlotte Sheridan, launched the ‘Town Centre Living’ Architectural Design Competition for the design of four social housing schemes, with one in each of four town centre sites across the country.

The competitions aim to encourage innovative design for social housing within town centres and progress the government’s Town Centre First policy’s objectives of compact growth and town-centre revitalisation. The competitions also seek to encourage more architectural firms to compete for social housing design projects.

Following an open invitation to, and close liaison with local authorities, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has selected four town-centre sites that will each have a separate social housing design competition. All four competitions will run concurrently. The winning architectural practice for each competition will, in addition to prize money, be awarded the design commission for the project. The winning proposals will be progressed by the various local authorities as live projects funded by DHLGH, through to construction and delivery.

The sites are at:

  • Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
  • Kildare Town, Co. Kildare
  • Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
  • Sligo Town, Co. Sligo

Launching the competitions, Minister O’Brien said, “I’m delighted to launch these housing competitions which will promote high-quality social housing design and support the government’s Town Centre First approach which strives to make our town centres vibrant places in which to live, work and visit, with increased housing at the heart of that offering.”

“Promoting town centre living close to existing infrastructure and services supports our national action endeavours against climate change. I want to thank all in my department, the RIAI and the local authorities for organising these competitions and I encourage architectural practices across the country to compete and submit exciting new ideas for the design of social housing in Ireland.”

The President of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Charlotte Sheridan, said, “the RIAI are pleased to be working with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to deliver the Town Centre Living Competitions with four town-centre sites to be developed around the country. We know that competitions are excellent for fostering innovation and identifying real-world solutions which can deliver tangible change.”

“Architectural competitions are a demonstration of the profession’s commitment to innovation and are assessed on design quality. Ireland’s new National Policy on Architecture, Places for People, further highlights the important role that Architectural Design Competitions play in setting a quality agenda for our built environment. When developed, these four sites will provide quality homes close to amenities and services, thereby also contributing to sustainable living and climate action change.”

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