October 23rd 2014 Parnell Square North. Image copyright Dublin City Council (Photographer Greg Dunn)

Grafton Architects + Shaffrey Associates Architects has been selected as the preferred Design Team to deliver on the ambitious functional and design brief set for the project. This follows a process to select an outstanding architect-led multi-disciplinary design team, capable of providing all the architectural, conservation, engineering and contract management services required, to deliver on the redevelopment vision.

The additional members of the multi-disciplinary team include:

  • Landscape Architect: Bernard Seymour Landscape Architect and Karen Foley
  • Conservation Architect: Shaffrey Associates
  • Structural & civil, mechanical & electrical and acoustic engineers: Arup
  • Health & Safety PSDP: Willis Risk Management

It is anticipated that design work to planning application will be completed for submission by Summer 2015.


Work has commenced assembling and surveying the properties to house the new City Library and other cultural facilities. It is intended that Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane will form part of the overall Parnell Square Cultural offering and its role and impact expanded by the development of the new facilities.

The project working groups are currently engaged in workshops with the successful Design Team to interrogate the functional brief issued for the Stage Two competition in 2013.

The Parnell Square Cultural Quarter is an ambitious project encompassing places for learning, literature, music, innovation and enterprise, interculturalism and design. It will create a new home for the City Library beside the existing Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane. Target date for opening of the new cultural complex is 2018.


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