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Call for Expressions of Interest in the Marlay Craft Courtyard Project 2018

News Type 
Date 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Location 
Marlay Park (Marlay Craft Centre)
Intro Text 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are inviting  expressions of interest from craft and speciality food companies to operate onsite in the newly refurbished Marlay Craft Courtyard facility in Marlay Park,  Grange Road, Rathfarnham Dublin 16.

Marlay House and Craft Courtyard

Marlay House and Courtyard is located in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s jurisdiction and is the largest park in the Council’s ownership. The House and Courtyard are protected structures and are significant in the context of the Park which is a major local amenity used by the general public on a daily basis.

The restoration of the Marlay Craft Courtyard presents a significant opportunity to encourage new talent to set up business in this classic courtyard setting.

There are now eight units remaining for rental over two floors within the courtyard which have been restored to the highest standards with high public access and visibility. They units will offer a very special place to work and sell their products.

Eligibility

The Local Authority is particularly interested in receiving submissions from registered crafts people who offer a high quality, handcrafted product/products, produced and retailed onsite which will fit in with the overall Marlay Park Ethos in terms of the use of this Heritage Building. The Council is also requesting  expressions of interest from a food supplier for occupancy of a ground floor unit. Again this producer/retailer will need to fit with the ethos of the project in terms of its sustainability within the Marlay Demense and offer something which is and not already available in the Park.

Terms of Engagement

Successful applicants will enter into a tenancy agreement with the Council initially for 9-12 months with the option of moving onto a lease term of 3 years. The leasee shall agree to all terms contained in the agreement issued by the council.

Facilitated Visit to the Courtyard for interested Applicants

The Parks Dept will host a site visit to the Courtyard on Thursday 25th October from 10am to showcase the spaces and answer any specific questions. To book a place for this, please email Joe Burns at jburns@dlrcoco.ie. Facilitated Courtyard visits cannot be accommodated outside of this time.

Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria;

Product Quality:                                                                                 (30/100)

Standard of Manufacture and type of product

Commercial Suitability:                                                                      (30/100)

Pricing, including export potential

Design and Innovation:                                                                       (25/100)

Market-focused design, displaying

Innovation and quality

Quality of Marketing, point of sale and merchandising:                  (15/100)

Evidence of high quality marketing and promotional

Activity, strong POS, packaging or merchandising

Application

To apply, please deliver hard copies of the following to : The Senior Executive Officer, Facilities Management,  Corporate Communications and Governance Dept. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,  Level 3, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin: Title: Marlay Craft Courtyard Project Phase ll

1       4 copies of a concise outline of the proposed business (200 words maximum)

2       4 copies of CV if applicable

3       1 Copy of example of product ( no more than 20 images in total) This should be submitted either as print-outs, such as photographs, or digital files in J-peg format on CD Rom. Videos must be submitted on CD Rom. Youtube, Vimeo links etc. may also be included with C.V. (please include any necessary passwords to access. ) All submissions should be PC/Microsoft Office compatible.

4       A list of stockists of your product/products

The Parks Department will accept hard copy applications only. Email applications will not be accepted. Please note that applications will not be returned; valuable or irreplaceable materials should not be included with submissions. Adjudication will be conducted by the Parks Department and independent practitioners with crafts expertise. Candidates may be shortlisted based on their submission.  The decision of the selection panel will be final. Please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council if you require this document in Irish.

All applicants will be notified regarding decision by email. Closing date for applications: 8th November 2018 at 12 noon.

Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

Retention of Data

Applicants should note that submissions will not be returned  and should therefore ensure that no valuable or irreplaceable material is included in the application.

Please note that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Parks Dept will retain submissions for one year from the closing date. All applications will be disposed of confidentially after this period.

Summary Timeline

Facilitated Courtyard Visit: Thursday 25th October from 10am                   

Deadline for receipt of applications: Thursday 8th November at 12 noon

Successful applicants informed: November 2018

Occupation of units: Early 2019

For Further information,please contact Joe Burns, e-mail: jburns@dlrcoco.ie or phone (01) 2047931 or see more here

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