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Navan Civic Offices Competition

Masterplan and Offices for Meath County Council and Navan Town Council Competition

Assessors present:

  • Tom Dowling (Chair)
  • Eddie Breen
  • Kevin O’Rourke
  • Marguerite Murphy
  • John McLaughlin


The assessors were most impressed by the quality of design of the four Stage 2 submissions for this competition. There were different approaches to addressing the brief and all were worth consideration. After some deliberation the jury reached a unanimous agreement that competition submission number 70 was the winner.

Winner: Entry No. 70 – Hackett Hall McKnight Architects
Winner: Entry No. 70 – Hackett Hall McKnight Architects www.hhmck.com

The jury felt that this entry best addressed the competition brief. It exhibits a civic quality through the strength of its masterplan, spatial planning, sustainability approach, and detailed design. The link established between the town centre and the new town park across the river is particularly clear. The scheme proposes two new urban spaces for the town of Navan, the second of which, flanked by the entrances to the new Town and County Council buildings, creates a civic threshold to the new town park.

The Assessors views of the remaining 3 finalists, in numerical order, were as follows:  

Raymond McGinley Architects
Entry No 14: Raymond McGinley Architects raymcginley@eircom.net

This scheme proposed a civic focal point at the south east entrance to the site. A strong sustainability emphasis was articulated. The site masterplan created a new small park next to the river to the north of the site connecting to the larger new town park across the river.

Murray Ó Laoire Architects
Entry No 30: Murray Ó Laoire Architects www.murrayolaoire.com

This scheme had a strong diagram with a covered street along the south side of the site and public areas facing onto it. The administrative functions were housed in finger blocks at an angle to this street and it was bookended by the Navan town council at one end and the county council chamber at the other.

Shay Cleary Architects
Entry No 69: Shay Cleary Architects www.sca.ie

This scheme had a very strong design concept which proposed a site masterplan of several distinct buildings with separate functions accommodated in each. It proposed a new urban square at the South East entrance to the site flanked by the Town Council in a four story building and the County Council in a fifteen storey sculptural tower. A series of 4 finger blocks accommodated the commercial elements of the brief.