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"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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05.07.2018Rutland Street School Refurbishment and Renovation

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Rutland Street National School (formerly the Pro Cathedral School) was constructed between 1910 and 1912, as a response to the lack of school places and the conditions of existing school buildings in the North East Inner City.  Designed by Aislin and Coleman Architects, it is an early example of modern twentieth century construction, with a steel frame, concrete floors and a brick facade.  The school accommodated 2,000 pupils and it was the setting for the iconic recording Give Up Yer Aul Sins in the 1960s. In the 1970s a concrete frame structure known as the ‘School on Stilts’ was also constructed on the site. The National School relocated to Sean MacDermott Street in 2008 and the complex today houses a crèche and a number of youth and community groups.

An extensive renovation and redevelopment scheme has now been launched for the original school and its site.  This will include the upgrading of the building, installation of services, accessibility works to allow access for all and the repair of the building’s historic fabric. The rear extension will be demolished to extend the gardens to the rear of the school.

A design team comprising McGarry NíÉanaigh Architects, Blackwood Associates Architects, Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers, IN2 Engineering Design Partnership, Austin Reddy and Co., Tobin Consulting Engineers and Thirty Three Trees Landscape Consultants have been appointed to carry out of a series of comprehensive surveys, investigations of the building’s structural fabric and design proposals. The ambition is to re- establish this landmark building as a focal point for the community ensuring its use for future generations of the North East Inner City.

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