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RCSI's 26 York Street Claims RIAI Public Choice Award 2018

Date added: 08 Jun 2018

We are delighted that No 26 York Street, for the RCSI has won the RIAI Public Choice Award 2018. 

Congratulations to all involved in this state of the art project.

8th June 2018: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced No. 26 York Street, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as the winner of the Public Choice category at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018.  The new medical education building on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland campus in Dublin, which was designed by Henry J Lyons, fought off tough competition from a shortlist of 32 projects across Ireland to claim the top prize, receiving 22% of the 10,000 plus votes cast.  It’s the second Public Choice win for Henry J Lyons and architect Peter McGovern, who also took the prestigious prize in 2010 for the new Criminal Courts of Justice.

The ten-storey, 10,000m2 building incorporates four basement levels to negotiate planning height restrictions in Dublin’s historic city centre.  The brief demanded a complex programme of spaces on a compact urban site, including technically advanced simulated environments for clinical and surgical training, a new library, auditorium and sports facility. This state-of-the-art facility provides medical students, surgical trainees and staff with modern cutting-edge facilities that promote the development of the RCSI community at the heart of the city. The design supports the diverse demands of healthcare education while also encouraging social interaction.

David Browne, RIAI President said: “The winning project demonstrates the importance of investing in our educational sector and architects’ ability to deliver outstanding buildings in complex urban settings. This is the 10th year that members of the public have had an opportunity to vote on their favourite architectural project and the high number of votes cast demonstrates how passionate we as a nation are about the environments in which we live, work and relax. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, healthcare facilities, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.


For more information on this project click here   and you can read the full press release here