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Submission by Joseph McCallion announced as the winning design concept in the Architectural Competition to re-imagine Market Square, Letterkenny.



Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Donegal County Council is pleased to announce the submission by Joseph McCallion as the winning design concept in the architectural competition to re-imagine Market Square, Letterkenny.



Launched in July 2020, the competition invited concept design proposals to redesign Market Square as a great public space that people want to experience and spend time in. An Evaluation Team assessed the submissions to shortlist 6 design concepts and the public were invited to vote for their favourite during April 2021. Following the public vote, the Evaluation Team took account of all relevant matters and selected the submission of Joseph McCallion as the winning design concept. The winning design also received the largest share of public votes.



The winning design is an early stage concept proposal and provides a solid basis from which more detailed work will be undertaken to consult directly with key stakeholders and the wider community and further develop and adapt the winning design so that it is achievable and can be implemented effectively. This work will lead to a more definitive design that will be published for consultation purposes in the second half of 2021 in order to secure Part VIII planning consent and it will provide the community further opportunities to feed into the more detailed design of the space.



The image below shows the winning design concept. Click the links below to view the winning design in full:




President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Michael Margey said, ‘Letterkenny Chamber is delighted to have led on this initiative and to play our part in enhancing Letterkenny town centre as a place where business and civic life can thrive. We are extremely pleased to announce the winning design concept submitted by Joseph McCallion and look forward to its further design development and consultation. The winning concept is an exciting vision for a flexible, multi-user space incorporating a plaza with creative spaces for sitting, gathering, markets and events. The winning design also explored the potential of enhancing the links between Market Square and the Cathedral Quarter as well as wider enhancements that could be made to Main Street.’



Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District, Cllr Donal Coyle outlined the importance of the competition saying, ‘I would like to thank all the participants and to warmly congratulate Joseph McCallion for his winning design concept. The public also played their part in casting over 3,000 votes for their favourite design. The outcome of the vote reaffirmed the assessment of the Evaluation Team as the winning design also received the largest share of public votes. This is a great endorsement that the winning design concept can be developed further to meet the needs of the town and its people and will provide great benefit to businesses in positioning our town centre as a welcoming place for people.’