The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Tel: +353 1 6761703. Fax +353 1 6769510, email: jgibney@riai.ie, website: www.riai.ie) is administering a competition on behalf of Cork County Council in partnership with the National Sculpture Factory (NSF) & Blarney Development Group. 

The competition is an open one stage architectural competition to develop a Sculpture Park at Waterloo, Blarney. The site comprises four and a half acres of water meadow traversed by the River Martin below the church and tower at Waterloo. It is located approximately three hundred metres from the N20 Cork Limerick national primary road and one kilometre from Blarney Railway Station, which is likely to be re-opened shortly. It is linked to Blarney village, which is two kilometres distant, by road and by a pedestrian route.

The guiding theme of the overall project is art and development in harmony with the environment so it is intended that landscape, building and works of art will all reflect this. It is intended that there should be one main multi-purpose building and that other site development should consist primarily of pathways and related bridges. It may be that some change to existing land levels and forms will be required but it will be essential to minimise any changes that might reduce the flood plain capacity of the site. It is anticipated that landscaping proposals will work with the existing situation rather than seek to replace it.

The Martin Valley Trail, which is presently nearing completion, is a riverside walk up the Martin River valley from Blarney village to the site at Waterloo through scenic wooded landscape. Again the theme of the walk is art in the environment. Along the trail, 10 artistic features, created by artists selected through a competition administered by the NSF are to be located. These features are strongly related to the local environment using both cultural and ecological themes. They will thus lead the walker on and set the scene for the Sculpture Park.

The project budget is 508,000 exclusive of Professional Fees.

Stage One is open to architects/architectural practices holding a qualification listed in the EC Architects Directive 85/384/EEC or equivalent. 

One A1 size sheet of information in landscape format and a written report.

Opening of competition registration: 30 April 2002
Withdrawal of registration and refund of fee: 22 May 2002
Submission of Competitors questions: 7 June 2002
Circulation of answers to Competitors: 14 June 2002
Submission: 26 July 2002
Announcement: September 2002

NOTE: This information is for notice purposes only and does not form part of the competition brief and regulations.


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