Bishop Lucey Park Redevelopment
  • 08 Jan 2020

Bishop Lucey Park Redevelopment

Competition Information

Deadline Extended to 17 April - Online Submission 

Cork City, in association with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), is delighted to announce an open architectural design competition for the redevelopment of Bishop Lucey Park in Cork. Interested architects are advised to read the Competition Regulations.

COVID-19 and Submissions

If you are planning to submit an entry for this competition, we have extended the closing date to 17 April and are requesting digital submissions only. Please consult the Competition Regulations for the requirements and send your digital submission by close of business Friday 17 April to  

About the Competition

Cork City is currently developing and implementing an ambitious expansion of the city boundaries to five times the size of the current city, resulting in an increase of population from 125,000 to 300,000 by 2040. The city centre development is at the core of this expansion and the rejuvenation of Bishop Lucey Park is a key element in this redevelopment.

Cork city centre (the city centre island) is characterised by a dense network of urban blocks, streets, spaces, laneways and quays that vary greatly in both form and function. Within this urban structure, there is a very limited number of functioning parks and ‘soft spaces’. Increasing the functionality of existing public spaces has continuously been recognised as a very important element in enhancing the vibrancy, engagement and activity levels within the city centre island. Bishop Lucey Park is an integral ‘soft space’ in Cork City and this competition seeks to improve its functionality and usability.

Competition Jury

Valerie O’Sullivan, (Chair) Director of Services, Cork City Council
Ann Bogan, Senior Planner, Cork City Council
Liam Casey, Parks Superintendent Cork City Council
Tony Duggan, FRIAI, Registered Architect and City Architect, Cork City Council
Gerry Mitchell, Registered Landscape Architect
David Prichard, International Assessor, Architect & Urban Designer, Metropolitan Workshop
Grainne Shaffrey, FRIAI, Registered Architect, Director Shaffrey Architects
John Sheehan, Lord Mayor

Competition Timeline

Opening of Competition Registration: 8 January 2020
Competitors Questions Close: 22 January 2020
Circulation of Answers to Competitors: 5 February 2020
Final Date of Submission Entry: Friday 17 April 2020 - online submissions only
Assessment Panel: TBC
Announcement (expected): TBC

Competition Registration Form

When your registration has been processed, the full Competition Pack will be issued to the email address provided.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The competition is open to Architect-led design teams. Architects should be registered in Ireland or eligible for registration without further assessment. For further information see Registering as an Architect.
  • It is the function of the Registrar, for the purposes of this competition, to decide on eligibility and equivalence.
  • An entry may be submitted by an architectural practice. In this case the name and address should be given and the official Entry Form signed by an Architect who meets the criteria laid out in the Competition Regulations. In this context the practice is defined as: a partnership properly established for the purpose of an architectural competition or an association of architects for the purpose of entering the competition.

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