Competition winner announced for new play space in Ballyfermot

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council are delighted to announce that design and architectural practice, Relational Urbanism, has been awarded first place in their international competition to design a unique play and skate park for the community of Ballyfermot in West Dublin.  

The initial call for a skate and BMX park came from a group of young people from Ballyfermot who saw a need to establish such a facility in their locality. Uniquely these young people, along with Ballyfermot youth workers and other community representatives, have been involved in every step of the community consultation and design process, a pro-active step facilitated by the Irish Architecture Foundation which ensured that the proposals put forward by the competing design teams were reflective of the desires of the local community. 

London based Relational Urbanism is a multidisciplinary office practicing architecture, urbanism and local development. Their design for the new play space in Ballyfermot took the top prize last week after an extensive two stage competitive process which saw design teams from around the world submitting their proposals for the innovative new public realm development.

The design guidelines for the new play park were directly shaped and influenced by a programme of community engagement events led by the Irish Architecture Foundation over the summer of 2015.  The IAF, working alongside Dublin City Council, met with over 360 local people at picnics, play days, building design workshops and public meetings to outline plans for the park and take on board community suggestions, concerns and aspirations for this innovative community facility.

The Play Park project has been funded by The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council and the IAF; and will combine a play area and skate/BMX park. The overall construction budget for the project is €500,000, making it one of the most significant investments in a play space in Ireland. It meets the Matheson Foundation’s objectives to help children fulfil their potential and promotes corporate philanthropy in Ireland. The project also utilises IAF’s skills and expertise to create community led design projects.

The selection of a winning design in this competition marks an important juncture in the ‘Play Park Ballyfermot’ project, a flagship programme which embodies the mission of Irish Architecture Foundation to engage the public and encourage them to participate in conversations around architecture and the built environment 

For further information please contact Dairne O'Sullivan dairnemosullivan@gmail.com  087 6801443 

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