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Design for Docks life

Galway Harbour Company and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) have launched an architectural ideas competition for the Centre Pier in Galway Harbour for a world-class significant building to give a recognisable identity to Galway Harbour and the City of Galway as a maritime and cultural city.

Competitors are being asked to design a building that incorporates a public stage, exhibition area, retail space, marina facilities, tourist information kiosk and commercial offices. There is no restriction on height or architectural form for submissions. The competition is open to architects, recent architectural graduates and current students of architecture.Submissions will be divided into two separate categories. Category ‘A' open to architects and Category 'B' open to recent architectural graduates and current students.

A prize fund of €10,000 is available in Category A and a prize fund of €1,000 is available in Category B. The competition jury is made up of Eamon Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Galway Harbour Company, Sebastian Feldmann, Executive Architect, Galway City Council, John McLaughlin, Director of Architecture, Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Garry Hynes, Artistic Director, Druid and Marcus Donaghy, Donaghy + Dimond Architects.

Once a competitor registers to take part in the competition, they have until Friday 2 October to submit their entries. Each entry will consist of one A1 size sheet of information.

The winners will be announced at the competition exhibition on Friday 16 October as part of Open House Galway. The public will have their chance to vote for their favourite entry during the Open House Galway weekend Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October.

Further information on the competition is available on the RIAI website: www.riai.ie. See Business Forum interview with Harbourmaster Brian Sheridan for more information on Galway Harbour Company's plans for the Docks area.


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