Winners announced for TU Dublin FOCAS Research Institute

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) has announced Carr Cotter Naessens Architects as the winning team in the FOCAS Research Institute at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) Grangegorman Campus, following a two-stage open architectural design competition, writes Rachel Cunningham.

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

From a long-list of 40 entries, five teams were shortlisted for the second stage of the competition. Dr Brendan Jennings, Vice President for Research and Innovation at TU Dublin, commented: “Positioned at the heart of the Grangegorman Campus, this cutting-edge research and innovation facility will further improve the university’s reputation as a globally engaged, comprehensive, research-informed institution.

“The facility will embody the ethos of the FOCAS Institute of supporting researchers from across science, technology and engineering disciplines, enabling TU Dublin to grow and enhance our research capacity and to create more knowledge transfer opportunities with innovators and entrepreneurs located in the adjacent Greenway Hub.”

“The FOCAS Research Institute represents a step change for how the agency procures its projects. The approach to the competition has shown the value and the role of design in responding to the climate emergency, and this is something that will continue to be developed for future projects at Grangegorman”, Ger Casey, GDA CEO, said. 

The design team has now initiated its preliminary design stage of the project and Louise Cotter, of Carr Cotter Naessens Architects, said that her teams is looking forward to developing a rigorous and innovative design concept for the building.

PHOTO – L-R: Hugh Byrne, Head of TU Dublin FOCAS Research Institute; Louise Cotter, Carr Cotter Naessens; David Naessens, Carr Cotter Naessens; Ger Casey, GDA CEO; and Dr Brendan Jennings Vice President Research & Innovation, TU Dublin.

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