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Leinster Unveil Plans For New-Look RDS

Leinster Rugby have today announced plans to extend and revamp their home ground, the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

The new design will faciltate up to 25,00o supporters in what is sure to be a move welcomed by the IRFU. It is expected to cost in the region of €20 million.

The expansion at the Ballsbridge venue is a move which can only help Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The redevelopment will commence in 2016, subject to funding. However, Leinster will continue to play their home games throughout the redevelopment phase.

The new design was chosen from a competition organised by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland.

The competition saw five designs shortlisted, with the winner being unanimously chosen by a five person jury.

 

Speaking about the winning design, Michael Duffy, Chief Executive of the RDS told leinsterrugby.ie

“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.”

Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena

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