Dublin City Council launches Grafton Street Improvement Scheme

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Dublin City Council today launched the Grafton Street Improvement Scheme. This highly-anticipated €4m project will see the street’s existing red brick surface replaced with high quality natural stone, new public lighting and street furniture. The stone will be granite in the main and a significant portion comes from the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains.

The essential works will begin in early June and finish in November 2014. They will play a key part in improving Grafton Street as a retail environment and a destination. The council also announced that KN Networks won the competitive tender to repave the street.

“Grafton Street is the premier street south of the Liffey – when Grafton Street looks well, the city does well.  The repaving is great news for businesses, shoppers and tourists” Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí said at the launch of the scheme at 10.50am at Bewley’s Cafe, Grafton Street today.

Dublin City Council engaged extensively with businesses and stakeholders and has arranged for the repaving to be carried out in five separate stages. This means that the street will remain open to shoppers and pedestrians throughout the repaving which is scheduled to finish in November 2014. Full details on the timeline are below.

“The business community is very supportive of Dublin City Council’s plans to repave the street. With an annual footfall of more than 30 million, Grafton Street plays a key role in attracting shoppers and visitors to the city centre. We are regaining market share and Grafton is leading the way with significant increases in footfall over the last 16 months. The planned repaving will ensure the physical environment matches the quality retail and leisure offering  and will accelerate the continued growth ”, says Richard Guiney CEO of Dublin City Business Improvement District who joined the Lord Mayor at today’s launch.

The full repaving is expected to take 18 months to complete. This includes an 8-week period during which works will cease in order to facilitate shoppers over the Christmas and New Year sales. The repaving is expected to finish in November 2014.The council will also install new public lighting and street furniture including sculptural pieces.


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Notes to the Editor:

What Grafton Street will look like when finished?

Grafton Street will be repaved in natural stone granite, a traditional Dublin material. The central carriageway will be in an Iberian granite silver grey with a bluish hue. The pathways on either side will be in Irish Leinster granite mottled grey brown. At the intersections with the side streets there will be a square panel of Iberian granite light pink with a darker border.

The colour palette used will be similar to that used in the O’Connell Street and Henry Street repaving schemes. This will help create a noticeable ‘civic spine’ between Parnell Square and Saint Stephens Green.

How will the works proceed?

The works will be phased, ensuring that disruptions are kept to a minimum and all businesses can remain open during the works. The first phase will be at the end of Grafton Street near St. Stephen’s Green. The second will be at the opposite end near Trinity College.

 Phase Indicative Date 
1.St. Stephen’s Green North to junction with Chatham Street  June-Sept 2013
2. Nassau Street to junction with Wicklow Street Sept- Nov 2013
3. Wicklow Street to junction with Duke Street  Jan-Apr 2014 
4. Duke Street to junction with South Anne / Harry Street Apr-Aug 2014
5 South Anne / Harry Street to junction with Chatham Street Aug-Nov 2014

What communications channels has Dublin City Council put in place?

Specialist communications channels are:

Project Liaison Group

Dublin City Council has also established a Grafton Street Improvement Scheme Project Liaison Group. This group includes local business representatives, Dublin City Council project staff and representatives from An Garda Siochána. Cllr Kieran Binchy will also be a member.

What will the street furniture look like?

Dublin City Council is working on this and will have further details in the near future. The council plans to hold an artist / designer competition to invite proposals for on-street furniture.

What about public lighting?

A new public lighting scheme has been designed. This will incorporate some feature lighting elements.

Will delivery of goods to businesses be affected during the works?

Deliveries will be maintained at all times, however vehicular access to the work areas will inevitably be restricted. Accordingly some deliveries will need to be made manually.

Why is this work being done now?

Grafton Street’s existing brick paved surface, laid in the late-1980s, has suffered badly in recent years. It is now at the point where it is necessary for Road Maintenance repair crews to attend on a daily basis. The replacement of its existing paving material is an imperative for the street and the city.

When will adjacent streets be repaved?

The programme subsequent to Grafton Street will be determined by a number of factors. The Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017, the Retail Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2008-2016 and the Dublin City Public Realm Strategy all describe hierarchies of streets that must be considered in the determination of programme sequence. Other factors such as existing condition, extent of disruption, traffic management impacts, including LUAS Cross City, and pedestrian safety will also have a bearing on the order in which the projects are carried out.

What streets are involved?

The Grafton Street Quarter is centred on Grafton Street and its supporting network of streets and spaces extending to one of the city’s premier squares - St. Stephen’s Green to the south, Trinity College and another major public space - College Green to the north, South Great George’s Street to the west and over to Dawson Street and Molesworth Street to the east. It corresponds to the Grafton Street Character Area highlighted in the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 and connects into the city’s main civic thoroughfare linking the important retail, commercial and entertainment districts of Grafton Street, College Green and Temple Bar to O’Connell Street / Parnell Square, the Henry Street Area and the North Georgian City.

Will the LUAS Cross City project cause disruptions to the Grafton Street schedule?

A Traffic Management Plan has been agreed and co-ordinated with LUAS Cross City to minimise traffic disruptions.

For more information

For further information contact: www.gsq.ie @GraftonStQtr  www.facebook.com/graftonstreetquarter