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This document has been assembled by Malcolm Reading Consultants from research content and original content provided by University College Dublin. The combined content is intended for use only in the procurement process as described in this document. All material is provided in good faith but no warranty or representation is given as to its accuracy or completeness. Neither UCD nor its advisers shall be liable for any error, misstatement or omission in the material and no reliance shall be placed on it. Malcolm Reading Consultants is an expert consultancy which specialises in managing design competitions to international standards and providing independent, strategic advice to clients with capital projects. With over twenty years’ experience of projects, we are enthusiastic advocates of the power of design to create new perceptions and act as an inspiration. Images on front cover and pages 16, 30, 46-47, 48, 50, 60 and inside back cover courtesy of Keith Arkins. Images on pages 10, 12 and 26 courtesy of Donal Murphy photography. Image on page 22 courtesy of Barrow Coakley Photography. All other images © University College Dublin. malcolmreading.com T +44 (0) 20 7831 2998
Contents Foreword 5 Part One 9 Overview 11 Aims and Objectives 15 The Site 19 The Project (Emerging Brief) 25 Teams 29 University College Dublin 33 Context 41 Part Two 47 Project Details 49 Competition Details 53 How to Enter 61 Submission Requirements 63 Evaluation Criteria 69 Appendices 71
Foreword 5 University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest and most globally-engaged centre for higher education. Offering a strongly diverse mix of academic disciplines, UCD is the destination of choice for international students coming to Ireland, and is now widely known as Ireland’s Global University. We attract over 30,000 students from more than 120 countries annually, with students from the US and China among the largest of our international cohorts. At the same time, we have become the most popular choice for Irish students seeking a university place in their home country. So balancing these dual audiences – international and national, reflecting their interests in being global in perspective while also supporting the flourishing of Ireland itself – is essential to UCD’s identity. The University has, since its foundation, been a vital and influential force in shaping modern Ireland, counting among its graduates three Presidents, four Taoisigh, five ministers in the current cabinet and six of Ireland’s European Commissioners. UCD’s exceptional ability to foster talent is seen too in our sustained contribution to business, science, medicine, the arts, culture and sport – and one of the world’s most original minds, the 20th-century author James Joyce, remains our most well-known alumnus. Our aim is to equip our students with a great student experience, a high-calibre education and a holistic perspective on their place in the world, while developing and fostering their creativity and expressiveness. But, crucially, we are also a research-intensive university, recognising that research and scholarship underpin innovation and our success in delivering long-term solutions to economic, social, cultural and public policy challenges. The University’s ambition is to establish itself as a world Top 100 university by 2020. To achieve this, UCD’s Strategy 2015- 2020 puts particular focus on increasing the quality, quantity and impact of its research, scholarship and innovation.
Foreword 6 In parallel, the UCD Strategic Campus Development Plan 2016-2021-2026 guides the future development of the campus and includes a commitment to high architectural quality with a focus on sustainable design. So, with these values and ambitions very much in mind, we are delighted to commission this international design competition focused on enhancing and enlivening our campus: Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition. This is a global call for integrated teams of international architects, urban designers and masterplanners to express an interest in our Entrance Precinct Masterplan and Centre for Creative Design project. We are hugely fortunate to have an expansive parkland and wooded campus, 133 hectares in total, close to the centre of Dublin. As UCD has grown and expanded in recent years, so it has developed its architectural pedigree, adding to its mid-20th-century core with a new Student Centre and a raft of other world-leading facilities – some of which are illustrated in subsequent pages. Through the new masterplan, which covers nearly 24 hectares of University land (with a further five hectares of land under the stewardship of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council) we need to address the following questions: How can the campus communicate UCD’s identity more eloquently? How can UCD become a Dublin landmark, better connected to the city and local communities? How can the entrance and arrival experience give the University immediate and deserved physical presence and visibility? Can the campus experience inspire new ways of learning and thinking? As well as, practically, become much more welcoming to pedestrians and cyclists?
Foreword 7 Additionally, we intend our new Centre for Creative Design to be emblematic of the University, so that design, creativity and innovation are integral to how we are perceived. It is our belief that engineering and architecture will be crucial to Ireland’s future as a high-tech economy and attractor of foreign direct investment. So the new Centre – a charismatic yet integrated building, a making and learning lab – will, through form and fabric, express its purpose as the University’s home of design studios and laboratories and maker, project and fabrication spaces. New ‘future spaces’ will allow for more experimental, cutting-edge work at a variety of scales, from materials and spaces to cities and regions. They will give us scope for collaboration with industry and public partners, and enable us to share new ideas through a programme of exhibition and display. UCD was founded as an independent university 160 years ago by the religious and educational visionary John Henry Newman. We understand, as Newman did, that it is the people we attract to study and teach here that are our greatest resource and inspiration. Today, the intellectual insights and innovation they generate drive our economy and give the University, and Dublin and Ireland, their competitive edge. Creating a highly attractive environment that appeals to the visual and other senses of our faculty, students and community partners, that works both in the day and at night, and through all the seasons, is the fascinating and demanding challenge ahead. We warmly invite you to enter the competition. Professor Andrew J Deeks President, University College Dublin
Part One Overview 11 This international design competition focuses on enhancing and enlivening University College Dublin’s extensive campus. The competition seeks an outstanding integrated design team for two much-needed design initiatives. Firstly, to create a strong urban design vision that foregrounds a highly- visible and welcoming entrance precinct, one combining placemaking with a stronger physical presence and identity for the University. And, secondly, to devise a concept design for a charismatic new building that expresses the University’s creativity – a making and learning lab – the Centre for Creative Design. Known as Ireland’s Global University, University College Dublin (UCD) is the country’s largest and most internationally-engaged higher education body. Offering a strongly diverse mix of academic disciplines, UCD is the destination of choice for international students coming to Ireland. It attracts over 30,000 students from more than 120 countries annually, and is the most popular choice for Irish students seeking a university place in their home country. The competition centres on a project with two aspects: the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and the Centre for Creative Design. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan will create a new urban design strategy for a 23.8 ha area that will guide UCD in defining the quality of the campus through placemaking, architecture and the public realm, as well as allowing for future planning. Essential to this will be a distinctive, confident and highly-visible entrance and arrival experience that expresses the University’s identity and showcases its Dublin site. The Centre for Creative Design is conceived as a charismatic yet well-integrated architectural addition – a maker space that is a living learning lab – that will promote inter-disciplinary engagement. The total value of the Centre for Creative Design is circa €48m (inclusive of VAT and professional fees).
Part One Overview 12 Stakeholders and Funding UCD is working closely with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the National Transport Authority on this initiative. UCD has secured initial funding and will continue to fundraise for the project, targeting a mixture of private sources and public grants.
Part One Overview 13 Previous Competition A previous competition for development on the UCD Campus, including its entrance, was launched in 2007. This project was to be led by UCD in conjunction with a development partner, but was subsequently cancelled due to the global economic downturn in 2008. The new project will be led and financed by UCD exclusively. The International Competition This competition is being managed on behalf of UCD by independent competition specialists Malcolm Reading Consultants. The competition is being run in accordance with EU procurement rules and the Republic of Ireland’s S.I. No. 284/2016 European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016. This competition has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Details on the format of the competition are provided in Part Two of this document. No design is required at the first stage. Initially, competitors are invited to submit an Expression of Interest – the deadline for this is: 14:00 BST Monday 26 March 2018. competitions.malcolmreading.com/universitycollegedublin
Part One Aims and Objectives 15 University College Dublin’s Future Campus project strategic objectives are: • Immediate physical presence Give the University immediate physical presence and visibility as an internationally-minded, dynamic and creative place of learning and research, addressing the currently recessive and largely anonymous arrival experience. • An enhanced campus Enhance and enliven the campus by making 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. • A future-proofed vision Create a strong and flexible urban design vision for this 23.8 ha area of the overall campus, informed by placemaking, accessibility and people flows; this anticipates the potential for up to 335,000 sq m of new development (representing a footprint of circa 67,000 sq m). • UCD’s creative identity Make creativity, innovation and sustainability central to UCD’s identity through exemplary design. • Sustainable values Affirm holistic sustainable values – from design through to operations and use – achieving a near zero energy target, making design choices incorporating energy-saving, green technologies where possible, and respecting the campus’ natural environment and biodiversity, notably the 200-year- old woodland walks.
Part One Aims and Objectives 16 • A Dublin landmark Make the University a landmark on the Dublin map – improving connections with the city and the immediate community/vicinity. • UCD’s international reputation and image Raise the profile of UCD nationally and internationally through the quality of its campus and architecture to draw more diverse, high-performing candidates and academics.
Part One Aims and Objectives 17 Physically, the Future Campus project will: • Create an Entrance Precinct Masterplan: a strong urban design vision 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. • Create a charismatic yet well-integrated Centre for Creative Design that is 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. • Increase permeability of the campus boundary – and the quality of this – including a possible new vehicular entrance and 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.
Part One The Site 19 The Belfield Campus UCD’s main Belfield Campus, located just four km from Dublin city centre, is notably green and expansive. The estate is contiguous with the R138 road into Dublin – one of the main access routes from the south of the city centre. The Belfield Campus is a collection of smaller estates, many of which contained period houses, with the original estate dating back to the 12th century. The University purchased the land in a series of acquisitions starting in the 1930s. The campus is a unique national resource, with the most diverse array of publicly accessible educational, cultural, sports and recreation facilities in Ireland. UCD is engaged in extensive outreach programmes and, as a hub for the wider local community, Belfield provides playing pitches, a swimming pool, woodland walks, heritage houses, art sculptural trails, cultural exhibitions, a theatre, seminars, a cinema and other recreation facilities. The first campus masterplan was conceived by Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert, the winner of a competition held by UCD in 1963. Wejchert’s plan centred on an arrangement of key campus buildings either side of a main pedestrian walkway, with the buildings sited to maintain a walking distance of about six minutes from one end of the walkway to the other. The covered walkway – a centre line of columns supporting waffle slabs – spans approximately 600 m, running between the original Science Building and the Restaurant Building. The walkway was intended to define a path and a core to the University, putting the pedestrian route at the heart of the campus. As well as conceiving the campus masterplan, Wejchert also designed the Administration Building and the Arts Block. The Agriculture Block designed by Rooney Associates, the James Joyce Library by Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson, and the Restaurant Building by Michael Scott & Partners, were added in the 1970s.
Part One The Site 20 Today, the campus covers 133 ha and contains over eight km of woodland walks, some of which are flanked by mature trees that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Prominent features on campus include the UCD Lake, a manmade feature developed in the 1970s and covering 7,000 sq m, and the Water Tower, a 60-metre concrete structure with a pentagonal stem and a dodecahedron shaped tank. There are ten listed structures on campus, including seven period houses, notably Ardmore House (a typical example of a 19th century country villa) and Merville House (originally a country villa built in the mid-1700s), both of which are the focus of an on-going preservation and restoration programme. The campus is loosely divided into three character areas: education, research and innovation; residential; and sport and recreation. The long term ambition is to co-locate all of the education, research and innovation buildings, this mainly affecting the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy currently located at the western end of the campus in the Richview Buildings, the School of Civil Engineering currently located in Newstead (adjacent to Richview), and the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering currently located in the Agriculture and Food Science Centre. The current access to the campus is predominantly from Stillorgan Road (R138) – here, despite over a kilometre of frontage, the University makes no real impact, appearing largely anonymous. While the campus is elevated above the height of the road, it is mostly obscured by a heavy tree canopy. Notable historic buildings on campus include Roebuck Castle, a 19th-century gothic revival castle; Belfield House, an 1801 period house restored and housing the Clinton Institute for American Studies; the Magnetic Observatory, originally located in the Fellows’ Garden at Trinity College Dublin and gifted to UCD in 1874; and Richview House, a 1790 house formerly used as a boys’ school and an infirmary which now houses the School of Architecture and Landscape.
Part One The Site 21 The Campus and Campus Development Plan UCD has developed its Strategic Campus Development Plan 2016-2021-2026 to guide the future development of the campus, in order to create the facilities needed to support the University’s ambition of becoming a Top 100 global university by 2020. The Development Plan includes a commitment to high architectural quality with a focus on sustainable design which minimises environmental impact and protects the sylvan setting and biodiversity of the campus. The University intends, where possible, to co-locate academic and other uses in contiguous spaces, with appropriate adjacencies, to create a compact campus with core activities co-located. For further information on the Development Plan, please see: www.ucd.ie/campusdevelopment/ UCD University Club UCD is continually improving the quality of its built and natural environment – including how, through its campus, it can better engage with communities of interest. The new UCD University Club, which includes a café, restaurant and meeting facilities, is designed to support relationships with alumni, partner universities, agencies and national and international companies. The building is due to start on site this year. It is part of a programme of initiatives designed to raise the profile and visibility of the University, incorporating architecture, artwork, landscape and other public realm features to enable UCD to connect with the wider city as an approachable cultural thought-leader.
Part One The Site 22 The Competition Site The masterplan area under consideration in this competition covers the area indicated on the plan below. The masterplan site contains 23.8 ha of University land, with a further 5.35 ha of land under the stewardship of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Part One The Site 23 The masterplan area covers the main entrance and arrival network to the campus as well as the predominant route into the campus core. It includes existing buildings such as the Engineering and Material Science Centre, Belfield House and NovaUCD, the University’s start-up incubator. The Centre for Creative Design should be located in a prominent place within the masterplan area, taking into consideration appropriate adjacencies with the Engineering and Material Science Centre, proposed Engineering and Architecture Precinct, and visibility from outside the campus. UCD ownership (23.8 ha) Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council ownership (5.35 ha) Note: This site plan is indicative only. For a detailed site plan, please see the Competition Conditions. N.T.S. Entrance Precinct Masterplan Site Boundary
Part One The Project 25 (Emerging Brief) The project brief is in two parts: the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and the Centre for Creative Design. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan covers an area of 23.8 ha, within which there is the potential for up to 335,000 sq m of new development (representing a footprint of circa 67,000 sq m). The precinct is conceived with a mix of uses, including a focus on innovation, outreach, engagement and hospitality. The new masterplan needs to give the University immediate physical presence and visibility, communicating its intent as an internationally-minded, dynamic and creative place of learning. It should cue a highly attractive environment (day and night, season to season) that promotes a strong sense of community and sociability, and creates an atmosphere conducive to new ways of learning and thinking. The masterplan should look to address the current difficulties with the arrival experience at UCD, which is considered to be underwhelming. The entrance, framed by 1960s traffic engineering, is low key, nondescript and unfriendly to pedestrians and cyclists. A welcoming arrival experience is essential to showcase the expansive green campus and needs to reflect the University’s long-term ambition to consolidate the core estate, ensuring an approximate five minute walk between key academic buildings. The Entrance Precinct is intended as a nexus between city and University; between entrance and the campus core. So to support this approach, a further 5.35 ha of land owned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, adjacent to and contiguous with the campus boundary, is included within the brief. This embraces wider initiatives planned for the Greater Dublin Area, but which are advantageous to the University, such as Bus Connects, a Bus Rapid Transit service with its initial southern terminus planned at the University’s entrance.
Part One The Project (Emerging Brief) 26 Competitors should also be aware of the University’s interest in contributing to an innovation district for Dublin (see page 38) which might influence the Entrance Precinct Masterplan through the way in which the University’s future relationships with the city and wider business community are conceived. Long-term the University looks to create a series of academic clusters, all easily connected to, and in some cases overlapping with, the Entrance Precinct. This will help to re-establish the legibility and compactness of the original plan. A strong Sciences and Health Sciences cluster already exists to the north of the Entrance Precinct, and an Engineering and Architecture cluster is considered close to the entrance, incorporating the current Engineering and Materials Sciences Building.
Part One The Project (Emerging Brief) 27 The first building to be delivered within the Entrance Precinct Masterplan is the circa €48m (inclusive of VAT and professional fees), 8,000 sq m Centre for Creative Design. The competition seeks concept designs for a charismatic yet well-integrated new building that expresses the University’s creativity. The building should be located within a prominent position, a landmark when viewed from within and outside the campus. A building for creative experimentation and fabrication, it will contain a range of design studios, laboratories and maker spaces. Linking these creative workspaces together will be formal and informal spaces for gathering and engagement. New ‘future spaces’ will allow for more experimental, cutting-edge work at a variety of scales, from materials and spaces to cities and regions. They will give UCD the platform to stimulate collaboration with industry and public partners, and enable UCD to share new ideas through a programme of exhibition and display. In line with the University’s values, the Centre is conceived as an exemplar of sustainability. As a living lab, it will be a teaching resource as creative and experiential as the functions it contains. Although part of the Engineering and Architecture cluster, the building is intended for all to use, allowing for ‘true enlightenment of the mind’ across all academic disciplines. 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.
Part One Teams 29 UCD is seeking integrated creative multidisciplinary teams organised under a lead consultant and including expertise in masterplanning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, engineering and transport planning. It is anticipated that the lead consultant will be either an architect or a masterplanner. UCD is a progressive patron and is keen to encourage both established and emerging talent. At Stage Two, teams will be invited to propose additional consultancy including, but not limited to, planning, lighting design, wayfinding and accessibility. In addition, competitors will be expected to propose an executive team which will be based in Ireland for the duration of the contract. These additional consultants will be assessed at Stage Two, for quality and integration into the design team, including the requirement to pass minimum qualification standards. Cost consultancy and project management will be appointed directly by UCD. UCD is seeking a team: • who can demonstrate exceptional design flair and creative ability; • who will create outstanding, contemporary and sensitive design; • skilled at integrated design, including masterplanning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture; • who will understand and acknowledge the national and international, historic and cultural importance of the site and its civic and academic context; • who will consider all potential uses and users of the campus;
Part One Teams 30 • with a keen eye for detail and the ability to implement a design approach at a variety of scales, from the micro to the macro; • experienced in all facets of project design and delivery; • appropriate in size and skills for the project; • with skills in communications and experience of consultation with multiple statutory and community stakeholders; and • who can support fundraising initiatives.
Part One Teams 31 Sub-consultant companies may enter with more than one team if they wish to do so. However, in the event that a company is shortlisted on more than one team, that company will be required to name different senior individuals for each team, and will be expected to comply with the competition’s requirements for non-collusion, which may include the requirement to sign confidentiality agreements and to supply a Management Policy for potential conflicts of interest. Individual companies, including those with multiple offices, may not lead more than one design team bid. Companies may lead one bid and sub-consult on multiple additional bids, noting the above guidance on sub-consultants. Please note: UCD reserves the right to determine the final composition of the design team appointed for the project, and this may include the appointment of sub-consultants that are not suggested within a competitor’s bid. For the avoidance of doubt, this is to ensure the correct mix of skills and expertise and will not be imposed unreasonably.
Part One University 33 College Dublin Foundation and John Henry Newman An assemblage of learned men, zealous for their own sciences, and rivals of each other, are brought, by familiar intercourse and for the sake of intellectual peace, to adjust together the claims and relations of their respective subjects of investigation. They learn to respect, to consult, to aid each other. Thus is created a pure and clear atmosphere of thought, which the student also breathes. – John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University University College Dublin was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854 by Cardinal Paul Cullen, the Archbishop of Dublin, and religious and education visionary John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Newman was the University’s first Rector, presiding from 1854 to 1858, and was the intellectual driving force behind the new institution. Newman rose to prominence as an Oxford academic, a fellow at Oriel College, and was well-known as a leading member of the Oxford Movement – a group which argued for the reinstatement of traditional Christian (Catholic) traditions into the Anglican faith and argued against the perceived increasing secularisation of the Church of England. The Catholic University was intended to be the intellectual headquarters for Catholics in the English-speaking world, making higher education available to a broader spectrum of Irish citizens, at a time when most universities were predominantly Protestant institutions. The University was based on the style of education at Oxford – students were housed in a number of colleges and educated in small groups under a dean and private tutors. Newman introduced many successful initiatives at the University, including the introduction of evening lectures for those in fulltime employment, the foundation of the Literary and Historical Society, the oldest debating society at UCD, and the commissioning of John Hungerford Pollen to design the University Church, which still stands in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, beside the original University buildings.
Part One University College Dublin 34 The outstanding success story of this period however was the foundation of the Catholic University Medical School, which by the end of the century was the largest medical school in Ireland. Newman’s university received international support, but struggled to establish itself in its early years. As a private institution, the Catholic University did not hold a Royal Charter, and so it received no state funding and its degrees were not officially recognised by the State. Despite this, the Catholic University was at the pinnacle of European academic advancement, with chairs of poetry, political and social science, political economy and geography. The University was the first in Ireland to establish a chair of archaeology and Irish history. During the early stages of his time in Dublin, Newman gave a series of lectures which later became The Idea of a University, Newman’s most famous work.
Part One University College Dublin 35 The Idea of a University sets out a number of arguments for the ideals of higher education, including the overarching principle that a university should be a ‘seat of universal learning’, whereby the student, although focused on his own subject, learns from proximity to a wide range of intellectual topics and pursuits. Newman declared ‘the very name of University is inconsistent with restrictions of any kind’. Newman argued for the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake; the true purpose of a university being not to confer degrees but to foster a community of thinkers and to ‘produce a habit of mind, which is free, equitable, moderate, calm, and wise’. Whilst the ideals distilled by Newman in his most famous work were never truly realised at the Catholic University, the impact of his publication can be seen throughout the higher education sector in initiatives such as active learning and interdisciplinary exchange and interaction. The influence of this thinking can be seen today at UCD, with the introduction of UCD Horizons, which allows students to take modules from a different course in order to broaden their educational experience. The Belfield Campus UCD relocated to Belfield, now its main campus, from the 1960s through to 2008, moving from its original city centre location as the University expanded and found itself constrained by the original buildings in Dublin city centre. The campus masterplan was conceived by Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert, the winner of a competition held by UCD in 1963. Wejchert’s plan centred on an arrangement of key campus buildings either side of a main pedestrian walkway, with the buildings sited to maintain a walking distance of about six minutes from one end of the walkway to the other. Wejchert also designed the Administration Building and the Arts Block.
Part One University College Dublin 36 The Agriculture Block designed by Rooney Associates, the James Joyce Library by Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson, and the Restaurant Building by Michael Scott & Partners, were added in the 1970s. Since the move to Belfield, UCD has continued to expand and strengthen its academic standing. Recent additions to the campus include the Student Centre, voted Ireland’s favourite new building (2013), and other world-leading facilities, notably the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, and UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business. UCD’s new Confucius Institute for Ireland, which will support national and international engagement and is designed by Robin Lee in conjunction with Arthur Gibney Architects, is due to open in 2018.
Part One University College Dublin 37 Originally intended as a leafy suburban campus university, Dublin’s growth in recent decades means Belfield is now well- connected to the city and easily reached from the centre of Dublin by bus. The campus is well-served by shops and cafés, a cinema, post office, bank, pharmacy, laundry, supermarket and health centre. The University Today Today, UCD is the largest university in Ireland, with over 33,000 students, including over 8,000 graduate students, and over 1,500 faculty members. The University consists of six colleges and their associated schools (37 in total), as well as multiple research institutes and centres. The colleges are Arts and Humanities; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Health and Agricultural Sciences; Social Sciences and Law; and Science. UCD’s ambition reflects the breadth of its faculty and its internationally-minded and progressive character: its purpose is no less than the flourishing of Ireland, Europe and the wider world. This it seeks to achieve through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, and through its leadership in science, medicine and engineering. The story of UCD provides a great insight into the development of Ireland. Many staff, students and graduates were involved in critical events in its history and were heavily involved in the foundation and development of modern Ireland. UCD counts amongst its graduates three Presidents, four Taoisigh, five ministers in the current cabinet, and six of Ireland’s European Commissioners. Amongst its alumni and current and former staff are five Nobel laureates. The University’s ambition is to establish itself as a world Top 100 university by 2020. To achieve this, the UCD Strategy 2015-2020 puts particular focus on increasing the quality, quantity and impact of its research, scholarship and innovation.
Part One University College Dublin 38 UCD’s College of Architecture and Engineering is similarly ambitious; the College is in the final stages of working towards SE (Substantial Equivalence) accreditation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its MArch course – a rare achievement for an international university outside North America. The University also plans to run a forthcoming joint Master’s degree with the National College of Art and Design and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology that will combine architecture with art. UCD is a major contributor to the Irish economy, generating circa €1.3bn in total output annually, and is at the forefront of Ireland’s technology and innovation sector, through its research and its start-up hub, NovaUCD. The University is currently exploring opportunities for UCD to contribute to an innovation district for Dublin, and envisages this initiative as strengthening both intellectual and business links with the city. It could, potentially, be reflected in the visions for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan in terms of how porous and how connected the University’s physical relationship is with the wider civic community. Ireland is the second largest exporter of IT services in the world and eight of the top ten global IT companies have a presence in Dublin. UCD works to strengthen its ties to industry through strong interdisciplinary research and education that tackles global challenges. UCD operates remotely and internationally, educating 5,000 students at locations outside of Ireland and has four Global Centres – in New York, Beijing, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur. For further information on the UCD Strategy 2015-2020 please see: www.ucd.ie/strategy2015-2020/ourvisionfor2020/index.html
Part One University College Dublin 39 UCD in Numbers 1 Ranked within top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide 27 Percentage of international students 28 Percentage of international staff 29 Percentage of undergraduate students from under represented cohorts 64 Percentage of non-Exchequer funding 133 Hectares making up the woodland campus 138 Number of nationalities within the student body 443 Million euro annual turnover 525 Million euro won in externally funded research in last 5 years 1,536 Number of PhD students 1,588 Academic staff (FTEs)* 1,784 Support staff (FTEs) 1854 Year founded by John Henry Newman 4,947 Number of international students in overseas operations 7,789 Number of international students on main campus 8,857 Number of awards conferred each year 9,154 Number of graduate students 33,724 Total number of students (including overseas operations)** 167,177 Square meters of science, engineering and innovation related facilities 239,000 Number of alumni across 165 countries 1,700,000 Approximate number of annual visits to library facilities * FTEs – Full Time Equivalents ** Student and staff numbers relate to academic year 2016/17
Part One Context 41 Ireland A confident, prosperous, outward-looking nation of some 4.7 million people, the Republic of Ireland extends over five-sixths of the island of Ireland. It is situated to the west of the continent of Europe and bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the Celtic Sea to the south, and separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea to the east. Ireland has a compelling history, and is famous for the richness of its customs, folklore, religion, literature, language and sport. Ireland today boasts a dynamic, export-led economy, a young and well-educated population, world-leading universities and research, and a thriving arts and cultural sector. The modern Republic of Ireland is known for its openness to business and trade and its attractive, enterprising business culture. The Irish economy has recovered its health after the global financial crisis and is currently the fastest growing economy in Europe1 . Ireland’s international outlook and low rate of corporation tax make it an attractive outpost for a number of multinational companies, among them the pharmaceutical heavyweights Pfizer and Allergan and the technology giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. Ireland is the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world and also trades extensively in medicines and medical equipment, electrical machinery, aircraft, chemicals, and food products. With one of the most educated workforces in the world, the share of 25-to-34-year-olds with a third-level qualification in Ireland currently stands at 52%, compared with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development average of 43%. The Republic is home to seven public universities and a number of other higher education institutions; the four highest-ranked Irish universities are in the top 300 globally. 1 Source: IMF World Economic Outlook, October 2017
Part One Context 42 Ireland has much to offer its residents and visitors, with an abundance of attractions and landmarks, activities and events. Its rolling countryside is a gift to walkers, sports enthusiasts, budding naturalists and all lovers of the outdoors, with highlights including the Cliffs of Moher, the 179 kilometre-long Ring of Kerry tourist trail, a number of medieval castles and settlements, and the island of Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a sixth-century Celtic monastery. As well as the stunning natural beauty of its countryside, tourists flock to Ireland for the rich and varied culture of its cities. Cork, Ireland’s second city, was European Capital of Culture in 2005, when it attracted a million visitors to the city – seven times its population. Galway, famed for a varied programme of cultural events including the Galway International Arts Festival, is a UNESCO Creative City of Film and will be European Capital of Culture in 2020. Dublin Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and sits on the estuary of the River Liffey, on the country’s east coast. Home to 1.3 million people, Dublin benefits from a dynamic economy, world-class universities, exceptional heritage, a thriving arts and cultural sector, an attractive and varied retail offering, and a vibrant night-life. Tourists are drawn to the city by a number of historic and modern landmarks, including the medieval Dublin Castle, three branches of the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, the neo-classical Custom House Building, and the city’s three cathedrals. A particular draw for both residents and visitors is the Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction – along with the venerable Old Library at Trinity College.
Part One Context 43 A number of modern landmarks have been added to Dublin’s cityscape in recent years, including the James Joyce Bridge and Samuel Beckett Bridge by Santiago Calatrava, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre by Daniel Libeskind, the Convention Centre Dublin by Kevin Roche, and the 120-metre-high Spire of Dublin by Ian Ritchie Architects, shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize in 2004. Dublin has played a central role in Ireland’s economic development and acted as a magnet for many of the multinationals with outposts in Ireland. It is home to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters of the technology heavyweights Google, Twitter, and Facebook; and Accenture, Amazon and Groupon all have a significant presence in the city. Many of these multinationals – along with a number of smaller, emerging companies – are based in the waterside district of Dublin popularly known as Silicon Docks, a formerly derelict area where thousands of technology professionals are now employed. Dublin has an international reputation as a centre for innovation and entrepreneurialism, and the city was named Europe’s eighth-biggest start-up hub in 2017 by EU-Startups. This has been aided by government programmes such as the Digital Hub, which provides office space and support to start-ups along with community-based digital learning and training programmes. But it is not only the city’s enterprising spirit and welcoming approach to business that have bolstered its international profile: Dublin is known as a thriving centre for culture and the arts, nightlife, retail and sport. The historic Temple Bar quarter of the medieval city centre underwent extensive regeneration in the 1990s and is now home to a number of artists, creative businesses and institutions as well as popular restaurants, clubs and bars.
Part One Context 44 The Irish National Opera and a number of theatres, museums and galleries are located in Dublin, as well as the National College of Art and Design and the Dublin Institute of Design. The city has served as European Capital of Culture (1991), and its exceptional literary history – featuring such luminaries as William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett – led to its designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature in 2010. Dublin is also a popular destination for shoppers, with major brands found alongside an eclectic range of pop-ups and boutiques. Sports fans can enjoy matches and events at the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park, which is the third-largest stadium in Europe. A highlight of the city’s calendar is the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon, said to be the largest all-female event of its kind in the world, which has been held each June since 1983 and completed by over a million women. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council UCD’s Belfield Campus is predominantly located within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, one of four County Councils that form the Dublin Region, with the whole of the Entrance Precinct Masterplan area located within the County. The County covers an area of some 127 sq km and serves a population of over 215,000. UCD is both a major contributor into the County’s local economy and the County’s economic output, as well as being the single largest employer in the County, with some 4,000 employees. The County is the local planning authority for UCD, as well as having a responsibility for housing and community, roads and transportation, development, amenity and culture and the environment within the County.
Part One Context 45 The County’s policies related to sustainable development are laid out in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan 2016-2022 (CDP). All sections of the CDP are relevant to this project, but of particular note is Section 3 on ‘Enterprise and Employment Strategy’. This strategy, directly referencing UCD, acknowledges the importance of Further and Higher Education Institutions in fostering enterprise through research, innovation and development activities, and the benefits this could bring to the County’s economy. The links between successful cities and their universities and businesses are recognised and examples presented under this policy. This points to how the campus may open up to a wider mix of uses that draws in wider communities to create a genuine civic place. The policy notes that the County will support the endeavours of UCD to continue to develop (and compete) as a world-class university. UCD’s Belfield Campus also offers the County significant opportunities to strengthen and reinforce their ‘Green Infrastructure Strategy’ (Appendix 14). One of the larger (urban) green spaces in the County, the campus could play an important role in the County’s network of green spaces, as alternative commuting routes, for leisure and recreational activities as well as to support bio-diversity and ecological initiatives. UCD is supportive of the County’s ambitions and the strategies set out in the CDP, and is working towards contributing to the sustainable development of the County within its campus. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is also an important stakeholder and statutory consultee for the project, including as one of the landowners of part of the site area being considered within the competition. For further information on planning context for the project please see the Competition Conditions. For access to the County Development Plan 2016-2022, please see: www.dlrcoco.ie/en/planning/county-development- plan/county-development-plan-2016-2022.
Part Two Project Details 49 Budget and Project Programme The contract commencement date is expected to be Q4 2018 (subject to findings and contract), with anticipated completion by Q3 2021. The total project value for the 8,000 sq m Centre for Creative Design is estimated to be €48 million (inclusive of VAT and professional fees). Procurement UCD will require the winning team to provide full design team services as outlined in this brief, and the Scope of Services appendix to the Stage Two document the Competition Conditions. Although UCD anticipates using the winning team, it is not bound to use all members proposed by the winning team. Winning the competition does not guarantee appointment, but it should be emphasised that it is the intention that it will do so. It is anticipated that UCD will enter into contract with the lead consultant, who will sub-contract all other consultancies. The draft form of contract is also included as an appendix to the Competition Conditions. It is anticipated that the contract will be The Standard Conditions of Engagement for Consultancy Services (Technical) as published by the Office of Government Procurement with UCD amendments. It should be noted that it is expected that sub-consultants to the Lead Consultancy will enter into industry standard collateral warranties with UCD. UCD reserves the right to amend this Search Statement and the Competition Conditions at any time. Amendments to the Search Statement will be published on the competition website. For the avoidance of doubt, this will not be imposed unreasonably.
Part Two Project Details 50 Scope of Services In summary the Scope of Services is in three parts: • Immediately following the competition the team will be contracted to develop a feasibility stage masterplan report for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and a brief development and preliminary design stage report for the Centre for Creative Design project. These works are anticipated to take between six to nine months. • The team will then provide a full Scope of Services for the Centre for Creative Design building and related landscape and public realm works. A budget of €48 million (inclusive of VAT and professional fees) has been identified for these works.
Part Two Project Details 51 • The team will also develop the masterplan design report (and urban design guidelines report) for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan, in association with UCD and their stakeholders (namely Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the National Transport Authority). The lead consultant will lead the design team and coordinate and manage the work of all other consultants. Competitors should note that during Stage One of the competition, teams are required to propose the services as set out in the Teams section on page 29. Additional consultancy, including an executive team, should be proposed at Stage Two. Any additional consultants added to the team at Stage Two will be required to pass minimum qualifications standards as set out in the ESPD (Appendix A of this document). Other Consultancy Services Cost consultancy and project management will be appointed directly by UCD. Insurance Requirements Competitors should also note that, should they be successful, they must be willing to obtain the following levels of insurance: • Employer’s Liability Insurance: €13 million (maximum permitted excess €35,000) • Public Liability Insurance: €6.5 million (maximum permitted excess €0) • Professional Indemnity Insurance: €6.5 million (for each and every claim, maximum permitted excess €0)
Part Two Competition Details 53 Competition Management Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), an independent expert organiser of design competitions with over twenty years’ experience, will lead and administer a two-stage competition on behalf of University College Dublin (UCD). This will result in the selection of a winning team, who it is anticipated will be appointed to develop their design and to deliver the project. The two-stage design competition is comprised of: Stage One: 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, as described in this document. A shortlist of five teams will be selected to move to Stage Two. Successful and unsuccessful teams will be contacted by MRC prior to the start of Stage Two. 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. The teams will be invited to a site visit and seminar in Dublin in late April 2018 and a mid-competition charrette may be held (at the discretion of UCD) in early May. A Peer Review Panel will review the entries and the Jury will conduct interviews to select a winner. An honorarium of €40,000 will be awarded, following the selection of the winner, to each shortlisted team who submits a compliant tender at Stage Two of the competition.
Part Two Competition Details 54 The Competition Process This competition is being run under the Restricted Procedure in accordance with EU procurement rules and the Republic of Ireland’s S.I. No. 284/2016 European Union (Award of Public Authority Contracts) Regulations 2016. In line with procurement rules, the Stage Two Competition Conditions document (the Tender document) has been provided for information only at this stage. Competitors are not asked to respond in any way to the Competition Conditions document at this stage of the competition. This competition has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). As the competition is for the appointment of a multidisciplinary team, it is not being conducted as a Design Contest under S.I. No. 284/2016. All costs incurred by competitors in the competition must be borne by the competitors. UCD accepts no liability for any costs incurred irrespective of the outcome of the competition or if the competition is postponed or cancelled. Questions All enquiries relating to the competition should be addressed to Malcolm Reading Consultants, the independent competition organisers appointed to manage the process. During the competition, no contact in relation to this project should be made with UCD, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the National Transport Authority or members of the competition Jury. Failure to comply with this restriction may compromise your position within the competition. Questions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A question and answer log will be compiled and uploaded to the website on a weekly basis. Questions received before 14:00 GMT on a Wednesday will be addressed in the Q&A log on a Friday.
Part Two Competition Details 55 Please note that telephone enquiries will not be accepted, and the latest date for submitting enquiries is 14:00 GMT Wednesday 14 March 2018. Conflict of Interest Competitors should declare any actual or potential conflict of interest concerning the commercial, financial or other interests of UCD, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the National Transport Authority or members of the competition Jury which may compromise the conduct of this procurement exercise and/or the performance of the contract, as requested in Q3.C.9 of the ESPD. If competitors are satisfied that there are no such conflicts of interest they must answer ‘no’ to Q3.C.9 of the ESPD. UCD reserves the right to reject responses from applicants where a conflict of interest is viewed as affecting either or both of the conduct of this procurement or the performance of the contract. Competitors are under a continuing obligation to notify the competition organisers, MRC, if circumstances change during this procurement process and any statements given during this procurement process become untrue. The conflict of interest clause is intended to protect the integrity of the process. A prospective competitor will be deemed to have a conflict of interest if they have access to information or a relationship with a member of the Jury, or an employee of UCD, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the National Transport Authority directly involved with this project, that would or could unduly influence the process. Non-Collusion In order to ensure the competition is conducted in an equitable manner, competitors are under a continuing obligation to comply with the conditions as set out in this Search Statement document.
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