Newenham Mulligan & Grimshaw Architects chosen to design RDS Arena
A consortium of architect firms, Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan Architects and London-based Grimshaw Architects, has won the international design competition for the multimillion-euro redevelopment of the RDS Arena. The RDS, with their partners Leinster Rugby, will work to complete the design of a world class RDS Arena that will host professional rugby matches, equestrian sports, music concerts and other appropriate sporting opportunities as they arise.
Managed by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI), the competition saw five designs anonymously shortlisted, with the winner chosen by a five person expert jury.
Speaking about the winning design, Michael Duffy, Chief Executive of the RDS said “The jury was unanimous in their selection of the Newenham Mulligan / Grimshaw entry. Their winning concept represents an exciting design response to a complex brief. Entries had to accommodate professional rugby, world class equestrianism and music concerts, in an already very busy events venue. These three elements were exceptionally well incorporated by the winning consortium who stood out for their understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the development and their vision for the RDS Arena.”
Newenham Mulligan & Associates is one of Ireland’s oldest architectural practices having been founded in Limerick in 1902. Today the practice has offices in Limerick, Dublin and London. Newenham Mulligan & Associates is a progressive practice of architects, master planners, project managers, graphic and interior designers. While much of their work is in Ireland they have also successfully designed projects in the UK, Germany, Austria and Iran.