New Parks and Projects

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Bridgefoot Street Park Conservation Works

Bridgefoot Street Park is proposed as a major public park for the Liberties and the city of Dublin. It has the potential to transform this part of Dublin and to act as a major resource for local residents, other citizens and tourists who are visiting the area in increasing numbers.

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Many of the parks and open spaces managed by Dublin City Council are sites of great historical significance and interest. This would include Georgian squares like Merrion Square, graveyards like St. Canice’s in Finglas and park lodges and structures like the Red Stables in St. Anne’s. Each year the Parks Department undertakes a programme of conservation and repair of these sites and features. In 2020 for example it is our intention to place conserved historic lamp standards on display in the Croppies Acres. Other works in 2020 will include the repair of walls and railings at the Huguenot Graveyard on Merrion Row.

Discovery Centre Fairview Park Tearoom

Dublin City Council (DCC) is embarking upon an exciting project to build the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere on Bull Island. An ambitious yet sensitive design that creates a powerful place for discovery and learning the Centre will illustrate and interpret Bull Island, Dublin Bay, the world network of Biosphere Regions and global climate issues. The design and planning process for the Discovery Centre is ongoing, in particular taking into account the results of consultations and discussions in late 2019 and early 2020. It is the intention of Dublin City Council to lodge an Environmental Impact Assessment with an Board Pleanála in the Spring of 2020 seeking approval for the scheme. Further consultation will take place over the coming months in advance of the planning submission.

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Dublin City Council Culture, Recreation and Economic Services has commissioned Howley Hayes Architects to develop a design for a contemporary Tearooms. The proposal has been developed with careful consideration for it placement, scale, materials and relationship with Fairview Park, the proposed Dublin Bay Greenway and the wider Fairview/Marino areas.

Kilmainham Mill Le Fanu Park skate/BMX and Playpark

The Kilmainham Mill complex sits in the heart of Kilmainham, over-looking the River Camac. It consists of early nineteenth to mid twentieth century buildings with an adjacent, infilled mill-race, and is a protected structure. It served as a flour mill throughout the early nineteenth century, prior to conversion for textile production at the turn of the century.  It ceased all industrial use as a mill in 2000 and has remained unoccupied since that time. 

In December 2018 Dublin City Council purchased the Mill and will now commence a redevelopment project. The conservation project will ultimately open the mill to the public creating a cultural hub in the Kilmainham area.

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The site in Le Fanu Park was chosen by Dublin City Council in response to the growing need and desire for a free play and skate park in the Ballyfermot area.  The site is adjacent to a campus of youth and leisure facilities (Leisure Centre and FamiliBase) which opened in 2008 and the Play Park initiative is seen as a further extension to these resources.

The project is born out of a shared mission between the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Ballyfermot.

The proposed works are for the provision of a new skateboard bowl consisting of a concrete skate plaza, skate bowls and skate transition area. The project includes fencing, grass mounding, pedestrian paths and bicycle stands with provision of CCTV and public lighting, in addition to play areas. The works allow for excavation, earthworks, drainage and extensive planting.

Liffey Street Liffey Vale, Liffey Valley Park

The project involves street improvement works to Liffey Street Upper & Lower. The proposals aim to declutter the streetscape while creating a pedestrian-friendly environment through a series of safe and enjoyable public spaces linking the Hal’penny Bridge to Henry Street. Prioritising the needs of the pedestrian over the vehicle is central to the concept, and pedestrian numbers can be expected to increase once the proposals have been implemented. Planning permission for the scheme was granted in September 2019 and woks are due to begin on site in the Summer of 2020.

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Liffey Vale House (a Georgian House and Protected Structure) is situated on the northern banks of the River Liffey at Longmeadows. The house and gardens, which are derelict, are currently inaccessible to the public. DCC have recently appointed a design team led by Blackwood Architects to develop and oversee the implementation of proposals for the regeneration of Liffey Vale. These plans could include the introduction of visitor facilities, an indoor and outdoor education and events space, celebrating the history of the Liffey and the unique biodiversity within the area. The development of a wetland area with an informative ecological trail within the environs of Liffey Vale House could be of benefit as an education resource for schools as well as encourage elements of eco-tourism and provide a unique setting for local leisure. Consultation has begun with design option to be completed in Q1 2020 and planning permission to be sought in Q2 2020.

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Merrion Square Conservation Plan Merrion Square Tearoom

The conservation plan has been prepared for Dublin City Council’s Culture, Recreation and Economic Services Department, by Howley Hayes Architects for the conservation and management of Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2.  The plan examines the development of this historic park, with its planting, buildings and features and how these have changed over time.  An assessment of cultural significance is also included together with recommendations for a number of policies to inform future conservation and development strategies.  These are intended to provide guidance for the on-going maintenance and management of the park to ensure that the significance of the landscape is preserved and presented clearly to the public.

Dublin City Council’s Culture, Recreation and Economic Services Department has commissioned Bucholz McEvoy Architects to develop a design for an elegant, contemporary Tearooms with careful consideration of placement, scale, materials and proportions and its relationship to the historic Merrion Square Park. This project is being developed in the context of the objectives identified for the Park in the Conservation & Management Plan (Howley Hayes Architects 2014). A new Tearooms in Merrion Square Park would support and enhance the amenity value of the park for both locals and visitors alike - an open and inviting building, providing accommodation for refreshment facilities and accessible toilet facilities, supporting the hosting of cultural events in the Park.