Register: MAR/26/2018, Submit: MAR/26/2018, Eligibility: Multidisciplinary design teams; experts in masterplanning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, engineering and transport planning; lead consultant must be an architect or a masterplanner, Fee: Free, Awards: 40,000 EUR to each of the 5 teams that submits a bona fide entry and attends an interview
The Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition is seeking an outstanding multidisciplinary design team for University College Dublin’s Entrance Precinct Masterplan and Centre for Creative Design project. The project will create a strong urban design vision that foregrounds a highlyvisible and welcoming entrance precinct, one combining placemaking with a stronger physical presence and identity for the University. The Centre for Creative Design is conceived as a charismatic new building that expresses the University’s creativity – a making and learning lab.
The project is in two parts: an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and the Centre for Creative Design building. It should be noted that the brief, and related outline area schedules and spatial, design and technical requirements, are provided for guidance only. They are nonprescriptive and non-exhaustive. The University is looking to your skills in intellectual analysis to review the outline requirements presented in this document and set out a vision for Future Campus: a masterplan that delivers the University a flexible framework for future development and a building design that embodies both high design quality and functionality.
ENTRANCE PRECINCT MASTERPLAN
The Entrance Precinct Masterplan covers an area of 23.8 ha, within which the University believes that there is the potential to accommodate up to 335,000 sq m of new development (representing a footprint of circa 67,000 sq m).
The masterplan should provide a strong urban design vision and framework that foregrounds a highly-visible and welcoming entrance experience and, overall, combines placemaking with a stronger physical presence and identity for the University, while also strengthening links between the campus and the surrounding city. It should be highly-visible, communicating the University’s intent as an internationally-minded, dynamic and creative place of learning. It should provide a highly-attractive environment (day and night, season to season) that promotes a strong sense of community and sociability and inspires students and faculty, visitors and local innovators to explore new ways of learning and thinking.
An inviting arrival experience is essential to showcase the expansive green campus and this needs to reflect the University’s long-term ambition to concentrate the core estate, ensuring an appropriate pedestrian proximity between key academic buildings. Wayfinding and circulation on and off campus need to be both intuitive and coordinated, embracing the ideals of Wejchert’s strong pedestrian spine in a 21st-century form. The opportunity exists within this project to enhance the quality of the arrival experience starting from outside the campus boundary, ensuring strong integration with the local area and surrounding transport networks.
The Entrance Precinct is intended as a nexus connecting Dublin and the University, the entrance and the campus core. Within the competition there is also the potential to influence improvements to the public realm within the liminal zone between city and campus, taking advantage of planned public transportation connections and sustainable transport innovations/modes. To support the entry and arrival experience, a further 5.35 ha of land owned by Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council adjoining the campus boundary is included within the brief. It supports wider initiatives planned for the Greater Dublin Area.
The Strategic Campus Development Plan describes a number of character areas within campus. The Entrance Precinct sits adjacent to, and overlapping with, the education, research and innovation character area.
Within the character areas there is the potential for competitors to create sub- areas, grouping uses that share a common theme together. This may include, for example, an Innovation District and an Engineering and Architecture Precinct. However, as with all successful places, the mix of uses and the interaction between them has the potential to provide delight and a blended campus environment.
THE CENTRE FOR CREATIVE DESIGN
The first building to be delivered within the Entrance Precinct Masterplan is the 8,000 sq m Centre for Creative Design. With the creative knowledge economy central to Ireland’s future economic competitiveness and attractiveness to inward investment, the Centre for Creative Design is an important building for the University. It should be charismatic yet well-integrated into the campus. The building should be located within a prominent position, a landmark when viewed from within and outside the campus, but also embedded in the fabric of the campus.
The Centre for Creative Design is to be a living learning lab – using innovative materials and new technologies to express its purpose as the University’s home of design studios and laboratories, and maker, project and fabrication spaces. A home for collaborative and creative experimentation and fabrication, the building will contain a range of design studios, laboratories and maker spaces. Bringing these creative workspaces together are formal and informal spaces for gathering and engagement. The building is conceived as an exemplar of sustainability (with an emphasis on inherently sustainable design over expensive technologies) and as a living learning lab, a pedagogical resource as creative and experiential as the functions it contains.
The Centre for Creative Design will represent a step-change in the quality of the student learning experience, advanced interdisciplinary teaching and learning methods, and engagement with professions and industry.
The Centre for Creative Design will include education, research and outreach facilities, and will be home to the UCD Creative Skills Academy. The Academy will bring together artists, designers, engineers, architects and technologists and provide formal and informal opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as supporting strategic links through the creation of a Centre for the Internet of Things.
The Campus Development Plan promotes the development of three character areas within UCD’s Belfield Campus: education, research and innovation; residential; and sport and recreation. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan area is located within the main education, research and innovation character area.
Located at the main entrance to UCD, off the R138 dual carriageway, the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and Centre for Creative Design will represent the visitor’s first impressions of the University and its campus. It will act as the nexus between the city and the University, providing immediate physical presence for UCD through a highly-visible entrance and acting as a welcome to visitors, faculty, staff and students. It should define the campus’ edge in a clear and unambiguous way, whilst improving and promoting wider connectivity and permeability for this part of the city. The project should be benchmarked against best practice internationally, supporting UCD’s ambition to be a world Top 100 university by 2020.
The Entrance Precinct Masterplan must remain true to the sylvan and picturesque character of the overall campus setting, whilst at the same time improving and updating it with the qualities of vibrant and urban placemaking for the 21st century.
The masterplan will enhance the education, research and innovation of the University, whilst also ensuring permeability within, and integration with, other areas on campus. The masterplan should be premised on a holistic and sustainable approach, ensuring that the designs proposed respect and enhance the campus’ bio-diversity and natural environment whilst presenting a long-term development plan for the siting and massing of new buildings.
The Centre for Creative Design is the first building to be delivered within the masterplan and will be a major contributor to the overall presence for the project. It will be an exemplar of sustainability, functionality, performance and design quality for the University. It will help to deliver on the University’s Strategic Campus Development Plan 2016-2021-2026 and espouse its values of excellence in design and engagement with its stakeholders.
Commuting to and from campus, in particular the use of private motor vehicles, places a huge strain on the physical infrastructure of the campus, as well as pressure on both staff and students. Dublin’s continuing economic success has priced most out of the housing market – both owner and renter occupied – resulting in many having to travel long distances across Dublin and from surrounding areas. Approximately 25% of journeys to and from campus are by private motor vehicle, with 45% of those undertaking journeys of greater than 10 km to reach campus. The average journey time commuting to the campus is 35 to 40 minutes.
Some 14% of the Belfield Campus’ surface area is taken up by parking and road infrastructure. Conversely, there are currently only 3,000 on-campus student rooms (although planning consent has been granted to grow this to over 5,000, including supporting facilities, over the coming years).
The total project value for the Centre for Creative Design is estimated to be €48 million. The contract is expected to commence in autumn 2018, with anticipated completion by autumn 2021.
This is an international call for participation that is aimed at attracting technically competent and professional teams to submit an Expression of Interest in the competition. A shortlist of five teams will be selected to move to Stage Two.
The shortlisted teams will be required to produce a concept design, based on the detailed information provided in the Competition Conditions and its appendices.