The TU Dublin FOCAS Research Institute, originally Facility for Optical Characterisation and Spectroscopy, is to be relocated from its present location in Dublin’s south inner city to the Grangegorman campus just across the Liffey. This c.4,500m2 development will further consolidate an emerging Research and Innovation Hub at this central location within the Grangegorman campus. The objective of the project is to develop an enduring, adaptable, and environmentally responsible building that reflects the progressive ethos of TU Dublin, its staff, students and its research programmes. The project further advances the full development of the Grangegorman site, as envisioned by the award-winning Grangegorman Masterplan.
Following an open Architectural Design Competition, Carr Cotter Naessens Architects were announced as the winning competition team for the project. 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.
Carr Cotter Naessens Architects’ Competition Team includes; Moloney O’Beirne Architects, Punch Consulting Engineers (structural & civil), Murphy Façade Studio (facades), Brady Shipman Martin (landscape), Prochem (laboratory specialist) and Chris Mee Group (PSDP). A separately procured Technical Team now completes the FOCAS Design Team, comprising; RPS (Building services engineering & sustainability), Duke McCaffrey (cost control, project management & life cycle assessment) and Maurice Johnson & Partners (fire safety consultant).
The competition was held in two stages, and sought entries from architects of all backgrounds.
Entrants submitted a wide variety of design ideas as shown below.
- Stage I Submissions
Stage I entries shown as follows:
ROW 1: Ronan Murray + Emily Cavanagh; Allies & Morrison with Cullen Payne Architects; Hall McKnight Architects
ROW 2: Lawrence & Long Architects; Donnelly Turpin Architects; Groupwork
ROW 3: TODD Architects; Kavanagh Tuite Architects; Serie Architects
ROW 4: IDOM; GKMP Architects; Jack O Kelly Architects
ROW 5: Scullion Architects; ABK; ARROW Architects
ROW 6: David Slattery Architects; AP+E; Scott Tallon Walker Architects
ROW 7: RKD Architects; Brock Finucane Architects; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
ROW 8: Plus Architecture; Cooney Architects; Shay Cleary Architects
ROW 9: Architecture00; Keith Williams Architects; Mahoney Architecture
ROW 10: FCB Studios; Perkins & Will; Jestico & Whiles;
ROW 11: Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects; Mullarkey Pedersen Architects
- Stage II Submissions
From a longlist of 40 entries, 5 teams were shortlisted for Stage 2 of the competition:
- A2 Architects;
- Carr Cotter Naessens Architects;
- Clancy Moore Architects;
- Heneghan Peng Architects; and
- John McLaughlin Architects.
Carr Cotter Naessens Architects
Clancy Moore Architects
Heneghan Peng Architects
John McLaughlin Architects