Update (15th January 2016)
Dublin City Council has concluded its review of the Dublin House project. The outcome is that the current process is to be terminated and an alternative approach pursued.
Dublin City Council remains committed to the Dublin House initiative as providing an important contribution to the debate on promoting high quality apartment living in the city.
Update (4th November 2015)
The group of applicants selected for the first Dublin House development opportunity at 29-30 Fishamble St., have withdrawn their expression of interest to develop the site. Dublin City Council appreciates their involvement in the process which has served as a learning experience for all involved. Dublin City Council remains committed to the Dublin House initiative as providing an important contribution to the debate on promoting high quality apartment living in the city. Dublin City Council is at present reviewing how best to progress this aim.
Applications for the Dublin House Fishamble St. site have now closed
The Lord Mayor, Christy Burke and the City Architect, Ali Grehan launching the Dublin House project on the site of 29-30 Fishamble St., Dublin 8 on July 21st 2014
SITE FOR SALE
at 29-30 Fishamble St., Dublin 8
Area = approx 127m2
Dublin City Council seeks expressions of interest from groups of 2 to 4 households to purchase a site at 29-30 Fishamble St., Dublin 8 for the development of privately financed owner-occupier family-friendly homes.
Applicant groups will form a legal entity and be directly responsible for the design, finance, project management and construction of their homes, subject to planning approval.
Excellent city centre location, close to transport links and every amenity the city centre has to offer.
Disposal will be subject to the approval of the elected members of Council. Terms and conditions apply.
Applications for the Dublin House Fishamble St. site have now closed.
Dublin House is an initiative of Dublin City Council’s Housing Department through the City Architects Division to promote the potential of small-scale residential development in the inner city and inner suburban areas. It is a trial initiative to enable people to be citizen-developers by facilitating them to design and create their own bespoke homes for themselves in the city. The principle of promoting diverse owner-occupied city centre family-friendly homes is the underlying aspiration of the Dublin House project.
Dublin City Council is prepared to sell the site known as 29 & 30 Fishamble Street to a Group of households who want to develop the site for housing for themselves. The Group of households will be required to design, build and finance homes for themselves on the site and to remain living in the resultant properties as their primary place of residence for a period of not less than 10 years or such shorter period as to be agreed with the Council by way of a Development Licence.
The main objective of the project is to demonstrate that family-friendly apartments are possible and desirable within the city centre, however households do not need to have children to be considered. It would be envisaged that preferably no 1-bed units would be provided for in the development given that this household size has already been well catered for in the city centre, however a single 1-bed unit may be provided within the overall development where it comprises part of a larger development of family sized apartments. It is the under-provision of family sized private sector apartments in inner city locations that the Council wishes to help address through the Dublin House project as part of an exemplar project.
The Council sees its role as providing the site and offering in-kind support to the successful Group of households so that this particular vacant site can become a model of international best practice as well as reintroducing residential use back into this historic part of the city.
The successful Group of households will be selected from a lottery of completed Application Forms from eligible applicant groups: i.e.: there must be a minimum of two, and a maximum of four households in the Group; and written confirmation must be provided that sufficient financial resources are in place.
For more information and to obtain an application form, please click on the following links below:
- Dublin House poster
- Dublin House booklet
- Dublin House terms & conditions
- Dublin House development licence – draft
- Dublin House memo on financing
- Dublin House technical package:
- 01 Site Location
- 02 Site Aerial Photography
- 03 Site Map OS
- 04 Survey – Adjacent Site (pdf version) or, 04 Survey – Adjacent site (autocad version) Please Note that you will need to have the AutoCAD programme installed on your computer to open this drawing
- 05 Photographs
- 06 Services - Electric
- 07 Services - Telecom
- 08 Services - Drainage
- 09 Services - Water
- 10 Services - Gas
- 11 Archaeological Report 29-30 Fishamble St.
- Teach Bhaile Átha Cliath - Foirm Iarratais
- Dublin house application form
Note: Images and plans of the feasibility study used in the Dublin House brochure and poster were produced by GKMP Architects and Moniker Architects (Jamie Conway, Cormac Nolan & Elizabeth Gaynor
A number of dates are being made available for applicants to visit the Fishamble site if they wish. No pre-registration is required. Interested parties may simply show up.
Wednesday 30th July 5-6pm
Thursday 14th August 9-10am
Tuesday 26th August 5-6pm
If you have any queries about the Dublin House project, please contact the City Architects Division, Dublin City Council by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . The last date for the submission of queries is Friday, 22nd August 2014. Responses will be posted on this website as soon as possible after the submission of each query. Applicants are advised to check this website frequently for responses. The last date that Dublin City Council will post responses to queries on the website will be Friday 5th September 2014. Please click here to view all responses to queries submitted up to 5th September 2014.
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