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Coady Partnership Architects: International Competition Success and New Jobs

Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012


(Pictured above are: Richard Bruton TD.,  Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Tomas Sexton and Mark McCann Directors  and Anne Fletcher, Managing Director, Coady Partnership Architects  at the official announcement of  the Practice winning a major International contract to design 4 new secondary schools in Belgium.) 

RIAI Member Practice, Coady Partnership Architects (CPA), has won a major international contract in Belgium to design 4 new secondary schools. With a combined area of 22,500m2, these schools are part of the Belgian government’s ‘Scholen van Morgan’ (Schools for Tomorrow) project, delivering 150 schools through a Public Private Partnership. CPA are lead designers for the project and are collaborating with ELD, their Perspective partner in Belgium, who is assisting with local consultations,  tender stage and site supervision. Perspective is a network of architectural practices across 9 countries in Europe, with a resource base of 260 architects and a wide range of expertise.

According to Anne Fletcher, MD of CPA, “the strong relationship with our Perspective partner in Antwerp enables us to deliver these projects in an effective manner.  We are completing detailed design in Dublin, travelling to meet clients and making presentations.  Working within the Belgian educational framework has been very interesting and enjoyable.  We were primed for these projects by our familiarity with the comprehensive Department of Education and Skills guidance documentation, used on all school projects in Ireland."  Fletcher reports that “the effort required to compete in a PPP project in Belgium was about one fifth of that required to bid for similar work in Ireland”. The practice sees partnership with European practices and competing in limited competitions therefore as a viable way to expand work outside of Ireland.  “We contribute specialist skill in architecture for education, healthcare, office and sustainable design matched to local skills in project delivery", says Fletcher. As a result of their competition win, the practice has now increased its workforce to 33 people.

Welcoming the announcement, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: “A key part of the Government’s plan for growth and jobs is supporting indigenous businesses. If Irish businesses are to drive the recovery we are all working towards, Government must help them to innovate and find new markets and products that will enable them to grow and create jobs. Today’s announcement by Coady Partnership Architects, that it has reacted to the crisis in the domestic economy by winning new markets abroad with the creation of employment, is a fine example of the type of activity that will help get us out of this crisis. Through the Action Plan for Jobs, Government will step up its supports for Irish enterprise so that more businesses can follow this model and create the jobs we badly need."

Coady Partnership Architects (CPA)

CPA is a design-led architectural practice serving public and private sector clients, building a reputation for responsive building design and building quality. In 2008, CPA joined a European network of architectural practices, Perspective, to enable them to bring their varied expertise to a wider market. CPA currently holds the Presidency of the group. With the collapse in the Irish construction market, joining Perspective allowed CPA to target several markets with their European partners. CPA’s and Perspective’s expertise ranges from office, hospitality, commercial, health, residential, data centres, pharmaceutical, and industrial sectors to large scale transport and master planning, serving clients throughout Europe and further a field in Asia, the Gulf and South America.

The practice recently also won the overall 'Green Award' for the design of a new  school in Tullamore, Colaiste Choilm on behalf of the Department of Education.

For more information on Coady Partnership Architects, see their website: http://www.coady.ie/

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