Green plan for Ballymuns boiler house wins €3.6m EU funding

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Green plan for Ballymun’s boiler house wins €3.6m EU funding

Ballymun’s boiler house, which had been earmarked for demolition as part of the Ballymun Regeneration Project (BRL), is set for a green revamp. This is thanks to a successful €3.6m application from Dublin City Council and The Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun to the EU’s LIFE+ environment fund.
 
The funding will see The Rediscovery Centre provide education and training programmes in sustainable development in the retrofitted boiler house. Work is expected to begin before the end of 2014 and will be facilitated by co-funding from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
 
The Rediscovery Centre, which has been working in Ballymun since 2006, supported by BRL, is a social enterprise dedicated to providing community employment and training through innovative ‘reuse’ businesses. These use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design.
Dr Sarah Miller, Ballymun Rediscovery Centre expressing her delight at the news said “The reuse of the boiler house to create a centre of excellence is in keeping with the central ethos of the Rediscovery Centre which seeks to create value from waste resources. The centre will provide an innovative platform for us to demonstrate the benefits of resource reuse and recovery and to deliver further education, training and skills development programmes.” 

The Ballymun boiler house was originally built in the 1960’s to provide drinking water, hot water and heating to the 36 flat blocks and some associated public buildings in Ballymun. Recently decommissioned, the building was due to be demolished as part of the regeneration completion works. However, Dublin City Council and The Rediscovery Centre recognised the environmental, economic and social benefits the building could be put to in the new Ballymun.

“The activities of the proposed centre are core to ambitions set out in national waste and sustainability policies and will encourage eco-innovation, environmental best practice and the creation of green sector jobs”, concluded Declan Wallace, Engineering & Transportation Department, Dublin City Council.

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For further information please contact:
The Rediscovery Centre. T (01) 8429811 info@rediscoverycentre.ie  
www.linkedin.com/company/the-rediscovery-centre www.facebook.com/rediscoverycentre , Twitter@RediscoveryCtr  
 
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170,
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