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Public Realm Masterplan for the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme 2014

The publication of the Public Realm Masterplan is designed to accompany and support the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme 2014 in achieving its ambition to create “a model of sustainable inner city regeneration incorporating socially inclusive urban neighbourhoods, a diverse, green innovation economy contributing to the prosperity of the locality, the city and country, all supported by exemplary social and physical infrastructure and a quality public realm integrated with the wider city.

The Public Realm Masterplan covers a 60 hectare area within the SDZ and guides the design and layout of streets and parks, together with guidance on palettes of materials and street furniture. It includes strategies to animate the Liffey, Docks and Campshires, and encourages a wide mix of recreational activities and events to attract residents, workers and visitors to the area. It will inter alia provide guidance to design the urban environment for an exemplary world-class maritime quarter with a distinctive Dublin character.

The Masterplan is supported by a number of reference documents which may be viewed here:

The Heart of Dublin; City Centre Public Realm Masterplan 2016

In 2012, with the publication of the “Your City, Your Space; Dublin City Public Realm Strategy”, Dublin City Council formally defined for the first time what ‘public realm’ meant and why it is so important to the life of the city. Your City, Your Space applied initially to the historical, cultural and commercial core of the city, between the Royal and Grand Canals. Our new Masterplan, The Heart of Dublin, derives directly from the work of that public realm strategy, builds on the learning to date, and lays out clear guidance and defined priorities for the next 20 years. Read more here

Your City, Your Space Dublin City Public Realm Strategy

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The Public Realm generally refers to all areas to which the public has access (such as roads, streets, lanes, parks, squares and bridges and open spaces)  This includes the publicly available space between buildings, along with the spaces and the buildings or other structures that enclose them.

The Public Realm is an important part of Dublin’s identity, of how we understand ourselves and how we want to present ourselves to others.  It contributes to Dublin’s competitiveness both by influencing the image of the city abroad and by being attractive for people who live in, work in or visit.  The public realm is vital to our city life and this importance requires us to understand it and influence its future. 

As a result, the Dublin City Public Realm Strategy was started in 2008 and after much review and consultation the document was adopted by Dublin City Council and published in September 2012.  The Strategy focuses on 15 long-term actions and a two-year work plan with twelve assigned projects.

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The following comprise the Public Realm Strategy Projects 2012 – 2013:

  • Grafton Street Quarter Public Realm Plan

  • Trinity to IMMA  -Dubline Route

  • Liffey Corridor Project

  • Mountjoy Square Park and Environs Regeneration

  • North East Inner City Quadrant

  • Grangegorman – Connections with the City

  • Aungier Street Historic Street Regeneration Pilot

  • Public Realm Information Management Project

  • Dereliction Project

  • Design Manual for working with Historic Public Realm

  • Merrion Square Tearooms

  • Street Charter Pilot Initiative   

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For more information

Siobhan Maher
Public Realm Strategy
Civic Offices
Block 4, floor 3
Dublin 8

Telephone: (01) 222 5235