Capital Building Programme
City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter
Details of the exciting new project for Dublin city: the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter were announced in April 2013. The development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library on the site of Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square, as well as a range of additional cultural facilities, along side the existing Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane.
Grafton Architects + Shaffrey Associates have been selected as the Design Team for the redevelopment of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. It is anticipated that design work to planning application will be completed for submission in 2017.
Kevin Street Library
The project to refurbish and conserve Kevin Street library aims to increase floor space and improve flexibility for enhanced service provision. €2 million in funding has been secured from Department of Environment, Community and Local Government towards this project, with a balance of funding from Dublin City Council bringing the total investment to €3.5 million. Latest on the Refurbishment project.
It is proposed to begin a refurbishment, conservation and re-fit project to deliver an enhanced and extended branch library facility. The major design priority is to provide universal access to the building. Having satisfied that requirement, it is proposed to refurbish the library along the lines of Drumcondra Library, as the buildings share the same original design. Inchicore was not included in the original libraries access project, thus a feasible design for providing a ramp is not available.
It is proposed to begin a refurbishment and re-fit project, along the lines of Ballyfermot Library, to deliver an enhanced branch library facility. The refurbishments will improve the inclusive cultural, educational and recreational library service delivered in Coolock, responding to the needs of the community in providing real and virtual space for access to ideas, information and knowledge. A full survey of the building will be undertaken to ascertain if there are underlying issues which will need to be addressed before commencing a refit.
Completed Project: Ballyfermot Library
Ballyfermot library first opened as a small branch in Drumfinn Park in 1959. By 1977, the library had moved to new premises as part of the Kylemore Road Vocational School, where it remained until the opening of a new, purpose-built library in June 1981, next to Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
After nearly 30 years of service, Ballyfermot Library closed for refurbishment in 2009. The Library reopened on Monday the 29th April 2013, following the refurbishments.
As part of the works the library roof was replaced at a cost of €700k (part funded by the Dept. of Environment, Community & Local Government). Additional structural up-grade works were also carried out, including:
- The improvement of ramped access both externally and internally
- The installation of power assisted doors
Dublin City Council received grant aid from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to implement a number of building efficiency up-grades as part of this project including:
- Complete re-wiring
- New, more energy efficient lighting and heating systems