New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby emf » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:49 pm

Has anyone any information on plans for a new court complex to be built by the OPW down off Infirmary Rd. I read about it a couple of weeks ago in a newspaper.

Apparently there is to be an international architectural competition to build a 'Landmark building'.

(I have to say that I think everything being built these days seems to have the 'Landmark tag' added for effect - 'Did you hear about the 'Landmark' conference centre being built at Citywest?' - as an example!)
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:50 pm

must have a look for information on comp as soon as I have a cup of landmark coffee
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby kefu » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:31 pm

Wasn't this also the site for a "landmark" new headquarters for the then Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and many other minor issues.
http://www.irish-architecture.com/unbuilt_ireland/dublin/ahgi_dublin/reid/index.html
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby emf » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:11 pm

"A new Criminal Court Complex will be developed at Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 by way of a Public Private Partnership. This will take approximately 3 years to develop and construct and will be on an OPW site. When completed it will mean that the State's Civil and Criminal Courts will operate from separate complexes."

I found this at Finance.ie, dated 18th November 2004.
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby kefu » Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:57 pm

Here's the article for what it's worth

The Irish Times - May 21, 2005
'Landmark' courts building to cost EUR 100m by Colm Keena

A capital cost of approximately EUR 100 million is likely for a landmark courts building in Dublin which the Courts Service wants built for it by the private sector.
The public-private partnership proposal also envisages that the building would be operated and maintained by the private sector over the next 25-35 years.
The building, which would accommodate criminal trials currently held in the Four Courts and other courts buildings in Dublin, is to be constructed on the corner of Parkgate Street and Infirmary Road. The site is currently used as a car park by the Garda.
The Courts Service wishes to have the building operational by late 2008. Sources said that the capital cost of the building was likely to be in the region of EUR 100 million.
At a consultation yesterday, Minister for Justice Michael McDowell told invited members of the business and construction sectors that the building should be designed to concentrate all central Dublin criminal business in one serviced location.
It will be the largest capital project undertaken on behalf of the courts since the foundation of the State.
Dublin criminal hearings from the District Court, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Special Criminal Court and Court of Criminal Appeal will take place in the building. The Four Courts, built originally to house civil hearings, will revert to exclusively accommodating such hearings.
Mr John Mahon of the Courts Service said that the service was looking for a building which would reflect the independence of the judiciary and the "dignity and importance of the business transacted".
The building will accommodate 15 jury courtrooms and seven non-jury courtrooms, configured so they can be used by any of the criminal jurisdictions based on business needs.
There will be secure jury rooms, victim-support rooms, judges' quarters and sufficient circulation spaces for public waiting, and safe and efficient access and egress from courtrooms.
A large jury assembly area in a secure area to cater for up to 500 people called for jury service will also be included, as will facilities for witnesses, professionals, representatives of the Director of Public Prosecutions and other agencies, as well as a media room and a small broadcast studio.
There will be cells capable of accommodating up to 100 prisoners, two fully equipped technology courts, and computer and video-link rooms. All courtrooms will be cabled to support video conferencing and digital audio recording.
Mr McDowell said that the building would allow for overcoming the security, service delivery and logistical problems of running criminal trials in a number of sites dispersed throughout the Four Courts campus.
"There is little or no scope for improving these facilities within the fabric of the existing campus of buildings where criminal trials are held," he said.
The successful tender for the building would design, finance, operate and maintain the building. The Courts Service will make annualised payments to the group that wins the competition. The service is hoping to receive a number of bids for the project, including interest from abroad.
Expressions of interest have to be lodged by June 10th, and a number of parties, probably between three and six, will then be invited to make tenders.
It is envisaged that the building will be "a landmark civic building which will make a significant contribution to the architectural form of Dublin", according to the service.
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:03 pm

ahh not actually an architectural competition so....
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby Rockflanders » Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:45 pm

Its a PPP competition:

The Courts Service has decided, through a public private partnership (“PPP”) arrangement, to develop a Criminal Courts Complex in the Dublin area with the primary objective of consolidating criminal court business within one functional location with provision for the specific security requirements associated with criminal and other court business.

The Contracting Authority wishes to procure a landmark building and state-of-the-art criminal courts facility for central Dublin to accommodate all criminal court business currently located in various sites within and around the Four Courts. The building should stand as a landmark civic building. It is anticipated that the Complex will eliminate many of the space, functionality, security and safety, prisoner management problems and risks associated with current criminal court activity and practice in Dublin.

Court accommodation has a very significant role to play in the efficient administration of justice. This is particularly so in criminal cases. It should not only be comfortable and function efficiently, it should also reflect in its design the independence, dignity and importance of the business transacted in it. It lessens citizens’ respect for the courts and the law if courts are housed in facilities that detract from these objectives.

It is one of the statutory functions of the Contracting Authority to support the judiciary in the administration of justice. The Contracting Authority must, therefore, also provide suitable facilities and accommodation for judges within the Complex.

It is anticipated that the contract for the Complex will be a design, build, finance and operate contract, with appropriate contractual arrangements to be entered into with the successful tenderer for the purposes of carrying out the Project. The Candidate Member(s) responsible for, inter alia, operation and maintenance, design and/or construction will be required to agree to such arrangements upon execution of the contract with the successful tenderer in a direct agreement with the Contracting Authority.

The exact nature and scope of the Project operations has not yet been finally determined by the Contracting Authority. Further details in this regard will be set out in the Invitation to Negotiate.


Project Description and Scope

5.1 General Requirements

The Contracting Authority wishes to transfer, inter alia, responsibility for repair, maintenance and service of the Complex to the successful tenderer. The successful tenderer will be expected to demonstrate that its proposal offers a genuine transfer of risk and value for money in these areas.

It is anticipated that the successful tenderer will be required to design, build, finance and operate and maintain the Complex for a period of between approximately 25 and 35 years and to fit it out and equip it to satisfy the User Requirements. References in this Project Information Memorandum to “operator” and “operations” are intended to include maintainer and maintenance except where otherwise expressly indicated.

It is intended that the successful tenderer will be responsible, throughout the term of the contract, for remedying any inherent or latent defects in design, construction or materials used in the Complex. The Contracting Authority will not be responsible for the replacement of the building and equipment when life expired but will require the outputs, as identified in the User Requirements, to be maintained. In addition, it is currently intended that the successful tenderer will be responsible for both external and internal maintenance of the Complex and the provision of defined services to meet the requirements of the Contracting Authority, as described in the User Requirements.

In line with PPP philosophy, the Contracting Authority does not intend to be prescriptive about the form and precise construction of the Complex as long as it meets the User Requirements.

5.2 Site

The Site for the Complex will be provided by the Contracting Authority. The Site is situated at the junction of Infirmary Road and Parkgate Street and extends to an area of approximately 1 hectare.

5.3 Building

The Complex is intended to comprise approximately 17000m2. It is currently anticipated that the components of the Complex may include (but may not be limited to):

• Approximately 22 Jury and non-jury courtrooms of varying sizes based on business need
• Associated judicial chambers and ancillary facilities
• Jury rooms and consultation rooms
• Ancillary facilities such as victim support and witness rooms
• Jury assembly area
• Facilities for the legal profession, Gardai, Probation and Welfare Service
• Public Foyer and circulation spaces
• Safe and efficient access and egress from courtrooms
• Main Entrance and Reception Desk
• Public restaurant for approximately 150 covers
• Public office, counter and space for approximately 50 staff
• Secure holding area for approximately 100 prisoners
• Control rooms, communication rooms and ICT facilities
• Storage facilities
• Secure Parking for approximately 80 cars and vans

The Complex will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained as a modern, purpose-built facility so as to meet internationally accepted standards.

5.4 Design

The design of the Complex is of the utmost importance to the Contracting Authority and, in this regard, Candidates should note the weighting of the marks that will be allocated to design as set out in Table 6.4 of this Preliminary Information Memorandum.

It is expected that the design of the Complex will readily identify it as a landmark civic building which will make a significant contribution to the architectural form of Dublin. The proposed Site for the Complex occupies a key Dublin landmark location and the Complex will be a symbol of the Irish judicial system. In all respects, the design should reflect the importance of these aspects.

The design of the Complex should convey a civic status reflecting the importance of the business being carried out there. The design should be cognisant of the latest trends in Court requirements, with a safe, secure, comfortable and dignified environment for the transaction of Court business and should address the complex circulation and security needs of courts in a creative way.

Good design will provide a flexible building with opportunities to accept future change and challenges: services easily altered, adding new cable-ways etc., alterations to rooms to cater for modest change of use and new functional needs.

5.5 Sustainability & Whole Life-Cycle Approach

It is the expectation of the Contracting Authority that the Complex will be recognised as setting exemplary standards of environmental sustainability. This will require the Candidates to consider any necessary environmental measures and practices to be incorporated and adopted during the construction phase. The choice of construction materials and the long-term operation requirements of the Complex (including with regard to energy usage and waste management) should be consistent with these aspirational objectives.

5.6 The Role of the Operator

To adequately address the required functionality of the Complex will require the close consultation and involvement of an Operator fully familiar with and experienced in building management. It is currently anticipated (although this may be subject to change) that the operational elements are likely to include, but are not limited to, security, catering, operation of an information desk, cleaning, operation of internal post, electrical and utility services, telecommunications, grounds management.

5.7 Information and Communications Technology

Developments in the ICT sector are resulting in increased use of ‘state of the art’ facilities in presenting information, communications and in the environmental control and management of modern facilities. Expectation levels are such that what was formerly perceived as ‘state of the art’ facilities is now the accepted norm. The successful tenderer will be expected to define a facility that incorporates sufficient flexibility of design and anticipation of future ICT needs which will enable the Complex to continuously meet international benchmark standards throughout its life.

The Contracting Authority will be seeking an innovative solution to meet the Complex’s ICT requirements based on proposals that should demonstrate integration, compatability and inter-operability with existing national systems; innovative and effective ways of sharing risk, reducing costs and increasing value for money; flexibility over future service provision to ensure that ICT services complement and facilitate the provision of high quality services; assured business continuity.

The detailed ICT requirements will be set out in the ITN. It is currently anticipated that the ICT solution may include any one, or an amalgam, of elements from the following options (at the Contracting Authority’s absolute discretion):

• the successful tenderer may be required to install underlying cabling infrastructure and associated facilities to support connectivity to a national ICT network and office desktop products for use throughout all courts;

• the successful tenderer may be responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Complex’s ICT software components (including digital audio recording and video conferencing facilities);

• separate (PPP or non-PPP) contracts may be awarded to provide the standard software application for courts and for an integrated system to implement and operate the application, which contracts may or may not be novated to the successful tenderer in this competition;

• the Contracting Authority may retain responsibility for certain aspects of the ICT requirements (for example, obsolescence in ICT software, ICT support and management services);

• the successful tenderer’s solution may be required to demonstrate compatability and integration with the Contracting Authority’s existing central ICT systems and equipment while developing and introducing new services.

For the purposes of this Project Information Memorandum Candidates should note that the Contracting Authority reserves the right to procure a contract for the provision of ICT services with a Candidate Member or with such other service provider(s) as the Contracting Authority may appoint following a separate competition and which contract with such other service provider(s) may or may not be novated to the successful tenderer in this competition.

6 Procurement Process & Programme

6.1 General

A key consideration for the Contracting Authority, in deciding on the successful tenderer, will be the achievement of optimal value for money. However, Candidates should note that nothing in this section 6 is intended to identify or define the award criteria on which the contract will be awarded to the successful tenderer. This information will be set out in the Invitation to Negotiate.

Candidates should also be aware that proposals will be considered in the light of the “Interim Guidelines for the Provision of Infrastructure and Capital Investments through Public Private Partnerships; Procedures for the Assessment, Approval, Audit and Procurement of Projects” available at the Government PPP website, http://www.ppp.gov.ie.

It is currently anticipated that the Contracting Authority will be responsible for obtaining any required planning permission under section 181 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000. Documentation and assistance, including in relation to an environmental impact statement (if applicable) and any other requirements of the relevant local authority in connection with the Complex, shall upon request and at the absolute discretion of the Contracting Authority be supplied to the Contracting Authority by the successful tenderer.

6.2 Summary of Anticipated Procurement Procedure

Figure 6.2A summarises in illustrated form the proposed procurement process. Candidates should note that the dates in this table are indicative only and are subject to change. Tenderers will be advised of firm dates at later stages in the competition.

Without in any way limiting, or intending to limit, the Contracting Authority’s discretion, it is anticipated that the procurement procedure will be as follows:

• Candidates will be pre-qualified on the eligibility requirements set out in paragraph 6.3.1 and the minimum requirements set out in paragraph 6.3.2;

• the pre-qualified Candidates will be scored in accordance with the assessment criteria set out in Table 6.4 and will receive a ranking and be selected based on that score;

• between 3 and 6 of the highest ranked Candidates (at the sole discretion of the Contracting Authority and provided sufficient are qualified from those who express interest) will be invited to submit tenders leading to the nomination by the Contracting Authority of one preferred tenderer, subject to the Contracting Authority’s option to request best and final offers (“BAFO”);

• for the preferred tenderer, a contract finalisation stage intended to lead to a signed contract with the Contracting Authority.

Candidates who are not selected at the pre-qualification stage will be notified in writing by the Contracting Authority. At each subsequent stage in the procedure, the Contracting Authority intends to notify separately, in writing, those parties involved as to whether they are being invited to proceed to the next stage. The Contracting Authority reserves the right to make public announcements as to the identity of the short-listed or eliminated Candidates.
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby GrahamH » Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:12 am

This is a great opportunity on a host of levels. What's the liklihood of a building of equal quality to the Four Courts being designed? Or is it even possible to compare...

The Courts Service is crying out for new facilities, and the victim support rooms etc proposed will be very welcome considering the ludicrous state of affairs at the minute over at Inns Quay and the city's other courthouses.
It's a great chance for a 'fresh start' as outlined above, encompassing all services and their requirements at a single location, not to mention the very latest and efficient of every aspect their operations.
The inclusion of broadcast unit will also be warmly welcomed by RTÉ - another badly needed facility given the broadcast difficulties in the environs of the Four Courts & District Court, and having to depend on OB facilites every single day.
Mary Wilson is choosing the paint colours as we speak :)

This is also going to be very much so a 'television building' too - an unusual factor that the architects will probably take into account. Notch up the landmark dial a bit more :D
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Re: New Court Complex - Infirmary Rd

Postby kefu » Sat Jun 11, 2005 12:28 am

It's also a real step in the right direction as regards stretching the city centre from east to west and rejuvenating the Northside. You can envision a genuinely coherent legal quarter going from the Four Courts to Infirmary Road with either a relatively pleasant walk or a short Luas ride the only division.
Coupled with the redevelopment of the Fish Market complex into a public piazza and the possibility of either (or both) a conference centre and the new Abbey in the North Docklands - the possibilities are almost endless in terms of reorienting the city in the proper direction i.e. along the river.
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New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby wearnicehats » Tue May 08, 2007 12:02 pm

Irish Examiner - Saturday.

Any pictures of this? Who's the architect?


Work starts on €120m complex of 22 courts

Details of the new 22-courtroom facility to be housed in an “iconic, round” building were announced by the Courts Service yesterday.

All existing criminal courts in the capital will be relocated to the complex in the largest investment in court buildings in the history of the Irish legal system.

The 25,000 sq m round building, which will be located at the corner of Parkgate Street and Infirmary Road, near the Phoenix Park, is being built under a public private partnership at a cost of €120m

It is understood the deal will be worth €290m over the 25-year term of the contract to the successful tender, Babcock and Brown — the Australian investment firm which owns Eircom.

The Courts Service said the new complex was designed to improve security, privacy and comfort for all users of criminal courts.

Legal professionals, gardaí and prison officers had increasingly been expressing concern in recent years about security levels at the Four Courts building, where most high-profile criminal cases for murder, rape, robbery and drugs offences are heard.

A number of cases involving dangerous criminals have been transferred in the past 12 months to the more secure surroundings at Cloverhill Court, after efforts were made to intimidate witnesses and jury members.

The new facility will house sittings of the Court of Criminal Appeal, the Special Criminal Court, the Central Criminal Court as well as criminal cases at circuit and district courts.

The transfer of criminal courts to a new section of what has been dubbed Dublin’s Legal Quarter will also facilitate the creation of extra courtrooms at the existing Four Courts building for civil matters.

The Chief Justice, Mr Justice John Murray said the new complex would be “the first State building of such monumental proportions to be built since 1922.

Speaking at a ceremony attended by Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, the Chief Justice said the design of the building would enable judges to improve case-management and speed up the listing of trials.

Courts Service spokesperson, Brendan Ryan said a major need for a dedicated criminal court complex had emerged in recent years.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby nimbus 2008 » Tue May 08, 2007 1:10 pm

They say they want greater security than they have at the Four Courts.

What security implications flow from dressing this building in glass?
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby StephenC » Tue May 08, 2007 1:10 pm

There was a picture in Saturdays Indo. Looks pretty impressive. Will certainly dramatically change this part of town.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby ctesiphon » Tue May 08, 2007 1:52 pm

Is this the site that was earmarked for the new HQ for the Dept of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & The Islands (as was) in 1999 or so?

http://ireland.archiseek.com/unbuilt_ireland/dublin/ahgi_dublin/index.html
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby StephenC » Tue May 08, 2007 1:57 pm

The very same. They have taken land from the Department of Defence including a protected structure known as the Red House. Thats being demolished. The new building is a circular drum which will face out onto Infirmary Road and Parkgate street.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby GrahamH » Tue May 08, 2007 8:46 pm

And has been designed by Henry J Lyons according to the Indo. No images on either site however.

"Peter McGovern, director of the firm who won the design contract, said that it was a daunting task for any firm to build in the shadow of James Gandon who designed the Four Courts and Dublin's Custom House."

I presume the High Court and Supreme Court will remain sitting in the Four Courts?
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue May 08, 2007 9:13 pm

Vast new criminal courts complex to be built at Phoenix Park site


ROME had its Pantheon, Temple to the Gods.

Dubliners are now set to bask in the glory of a new city landmark to rival the historic Roman building.

But Dublin's €120m Pantheon will be home to criminals instead of deities.

Yesterday Chief Justice John Murray unveiled details of a new courts complex which will centralise all criminal court business in the capital.

The new complex, adjacent to the Phoenix Park, will house 22 state-of-the-art courtrooms and will be the new home to the Court of Criminal Appeal, Special Criminal Court, Central Criminal Court as well as the District Courts.

The dedicated facility will mean that all criminal matters in the capital, more than 200,000 cases a year, will be heard in one venue.

Advocates and "ordinary decent criminals" may lament the fact that from 2010 criminal trials will no longer be staged in the ageing Four Courts building or the Special Criminal Court.

Welcomed

But the new 11-storey building will be welcomed by victims of crime and their families as they will no longer have to confront each other because of the unique design of the new courts complex .

The building, which Judge Murray said will create "a future which promises a great change in the axis of activity in our capital's legal quarter" is the first of such monumental proportions so be built in the country since 1922.

It will also be the first courthouse in the world where suspects, victims, judges, lawyers, jurors, members of the public and the media will not meet until they enter a courtroom.

The circulation system will provide for separation, privacy, security and protection of different court users, including witnesses.

Following an international trawl, the building was designed by Dublin architects Henry J Lyons.

Peter McGovern, director of the firm who won the design contract, said that it was a daunting task for any firm to build in the shadow of James Gandon who designed the Four Courts and Dublin's Custom House.

Partnership

Last night, the Courts Service, which is overseeing the Public Private Partnership that will cost almost €300m over 28 years, refused to disclose the enhanced security features in the new courthouse.

But each courtroom will have special, in-built security features to protect witnesses and accuseds in high-profile trials.

One hundred prisoners will be accommodated in the complex at any one time and an assembly space for up to 400 jurors awaiting empanelment will also be provided.

There will be a public restaurant and separate dining facilities for juries as well as victim support rooms and 26 judges' chambers.

The existing Four Court buildings will be retained and will remain in use for civil cases.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby archipig » Wed May 09, 2007 9:59 am

Its very overwhelhing, should be set back further from the street. A small plaza in front of it would be nice, at the entrance to the park.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby Peter Fitz » Wed May 09, 2007 10:13 am

did i read 11 stories in that last article ?
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby fergalr » Wed May 09, 2007 12:14 pm

Looks funny with the shabby, shuttered pub (?) beside it.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby StephenC » Wed May 09, 2007 12:26 pm

Parkgate Street is a bit of a dump at the moment, and various parties have called for improvements to the entrance to the Park and its connection to the rest of the city for many years now. I think this new building is an impressive new addition. It has the potential to radically overhaul the whole area.

As for the Four Courts - perhaps taking out the Criminal Courts will allow the building to be renovated back to its former glory and allow for some of the architectural disasters of the last few decades to be undone....Aras Ui Dalaigh for the hammer anyone (sorry Cearbhall!) ....and the mess at the rear.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby fergalr » Wed May 09, 2007 12:29 pm

Oh, agreed!

It would be nice if an air of decorum and perhaps even grandeur could be returned to the Four Courts. It's some hectic mess at the moment. Magnolia paint in the rotunda, criminally uncomfortable jury seats and public galleries and shabby jury rooms.

And then out the back....yeah it would be nice if the complex was overhauled. Hopefully the learned gentlemen in the Law Library won't kick up too many fusses.
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby archipig » Wed May 09, 2007 4:19 pm

fergalr wrote:Looks funny with the shabby, shuttered pub (?) beside it.


questhouse I believe
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby archipig » Wed May 09, 2007 11:49 pm

I drove by this site this evening. The trees along the road are beautiful and mature, they better remain in place!
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Re: New Criminal Courts Complex

Postby JL » Tue May 15, 2007 11:09 pm

Is this real? I can't believe that this is being built on this prominent location. I know that it is a difficult site. Was virtually vacant for years (I think it was the city car pound and one-time home of Nelson's head after his column was blown up) and waws then the site for the ill-fated AHGI competition. Was there an EIA or anything? It will be seen from miles around.

I think PPP is a disastrous method of procurement for major public buildings and if you want unique architecture of the highest quality which will stand the test of time it is absolutely the wrong way to go.

I know that courts are extremely complex to plan and design - I imagine that it must be a nightmare to work on from a practical side. The unfortunate thing is that the external design and urban design issues get neglected. I think that a perfect example of this is hospitals, which have their very own bizarre architectural language which doesn't seem to exist outside the world of healthcare (all those weird pastel colours...).
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