International Competition to Design New Abbey Theatre

International Competition to Design New Abbey Theatre

Open, international, RfP

Dublin, Ireland

01 Mar 2008 – Registration Deadline

01 Mar 2008 – Submission Deadline


Ministry for Arts, Sport and Tourism


Open, international, RfP


Dublin, Ireland




01 Mar 2008 – Registration Deadline

01 Mar 2008 – Submission Deadline


Architects, worldwide


Sean Benton, Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW)

Pat Cooney, Principal Architect of the Office of Public Works

The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon, Judge of the High Court

Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre

Jim Barrett, Architect

John Mc Laughlin, Director of Architecture with Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Niall Ó Donnchú, Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Edward Jones, UK based architect

Des McMahon, Gilroy McMahon

Mels Crouwel, National Architect of the Netherlands

Sir Michael Hopkins, UK based architect

Bob Crowley, set designer

Fiona Shaw, actress


To be announced


To be announced


Design for the new National Theatre (the Abbey) to be built in the Dublin Dockland’s at George’s Dock. When completed, it is intended that the new waterside building will give Dublin an iconic and dynamic structure reflecting the city’s growing reputation as a global capital of culture and creativity.

The new National Theatre will be a centrepiece of a new wave of cultural, social and economic amenities that are being developed in the Dublin Docklands, including the new National Convention Centre, the Grand Canal Theatre, the CHQ building, the Point Village and the U2 Tower. The new Abbey Theatre will be over 24,000 square metres and will have three theatres, several rehearsal spaces, public and social spaces including shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, facilities for performers and staff, gallery and exhibition facilities and a cinema/lecture facility.

The three different auditoria will provide diverse opportunities for artists and writers. Currently the Abbey can provide an average of 632 seats (across two auditoria) on any one night. The new building will provide audiences with more choices and a greater opportunity to see more diverse work with plans for some 1,000 seats across three auditoria. It is envisaged that each of the theatres will have their own foyer, auditorium, stage, dressing rooms, crew/staff rooms and technical control rooms.


More details should appear in a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Office of Public Works

Special Projects Unit

Attn: John Powell

51 St Stephen’s Green

Dublin 2


Tel: +353-1-6476425

Fax: +353-1-6476470