Grangegorman Masterplan Scoops Second Top Award of 2012
30th April 2012: The Grangegorman Masterplan has won its second major award of the year. This makes a total tally of 6 international awards for this important project in Dublin’s north inner city.
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the largest independent organisation focused on campus planning and design in the world, has just announced the Grangegorman Masterplan as the recipient of its Honour Award for 2012.
Speaking about the award Principal designer James Mary O’ Connor, a native of the Dublin 7 area and now based in California, said that he was hopeful that this prestigious award will help to publicise and further increase the support and momentum for this important project.
O’Connor, who is also a DIT graduate of architecture, said “Our goal for Grangegorman is to create a place which will enrich the city fabric, a place full of vitality to serve the needs not only the immediate users of the quarter but indeed the entire community”.
This latest accolade follows the American Institute of Architects Honour Award for Regional and Urban Design 2012. This will be presented to the designers at a major convention in Washington in May.
This exciting news comes at a time when the Minister for Education and Skills has urged the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) to make every effort to keep the project progressing, despite the deferral of major infrastructure funding, and to do everything possible to bring the Grangegorman site into use as soon as possible.
To this end the Agency and DIT are examining the options available to enable the project proceed in the best possible way. Chief Executive Officer of the GDA, Mr. Michael Hand, believes that despite the difficult circumstances there is a lot of support for the project. “We know that we are not faced with an easy task. However, to continue to receive recognition such as we have, with the SCUP and AIA awards, reminds us again that this is a great project and gives us added momentum in its delivery”. He said “Coupled with the invaluable support from all sectors, we are focused on ensuring that the Grangegorman project proceeds. Sometimes one just has to be innovative and creative to find the way forward. That is what we are currently doing.”
The Grangegorman Planning Scheme was the subject of an An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing in November 2011 and it is expected that a decision will be given soon.
Michael Hand, CEO, and John Fitzgerald, Chairperson of the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), with the model of the multi-awarded masterplan