New Parks and Projects

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Bridgefoot Street Park Conservation Works

Bridgefoot Street Park is proposed as a major public park for the Liberties and the city of Dublin. It has the potential to transform this part of Dublin and to act as a major resource for local residents, other citizens and tourists who are visiting the area in increasing numbers.

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Many of the parks and open spaces managed by Dublin City Council are sites of great historical significance and interest. This would include Georgian squares like Merrion Square, graveyards like St. Canice’s in Finglas and park lodges and structures like the Red Stables in St. Anne’s. Each year the Parks Department undertakes a programme of conservation and repair of these sites and features. In 2020 for example it is our intention to place conserved historic lamp standards on display in the Croppies Acres. Other works in 2020 will include the repair of walls and railings at the Huguenot Graveyard on Merrion Row.

Discovery Centre Fairview Park Tearoom

Dublin City Council (DCC) is embarking upon an exciting project to build the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere on Bull Island. An ambitious yet sensitive design that creates a powerful place for discovery and learning the Centre will illustrate and interpret Bull Island, Dublin Bay, the world network of Biosphere Regions and global climate issues. The design and planning process for the Discovery Centre is ongoing, in particular taking into account the results of consultations and discussions in late 2019 and early 2020. It is the intention of Dublin City Council to lodge an Environmental Impact Assessment with an Board Pleanála in the Spring of 2020 seeking approval for the scheme. Further consultation will take place over the coming months in advance of the planning submission.

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Dublin City Council Culture, Recreation and Economic Services has commissioned Howley Hayes Architects to develop a design for a contemporary Tearooms. The proposal has been developed with careful consideration for it placement, scale, materials and relationship with Fairview Park, the proposed Dublin Bay Greenway and the wider Fairview/Marino areas.

Kilmainham Mill Le Fanu Park skate/BMX and Playpark

The Kilmainham Mill complex sits in the heart of Kilmainham, over-looking the River Camac. It consists of early nineteenth to mid twentieth century buildings with an adjacent, infilled mill-race, and is a protected structure. It served as a flour mill throughout the early nineteenth century, prior to conversion for textile production at the turn of the century.  It ceased all industrial use as a mill in 2000 and has remained unoccupied since that time. 

In December 2018 Dublin City Council purchased the Mill and will now commence a redevelopment project. The conservation project will ultimately open the mill to the public creating a cultural hub in the Kilmainham area.

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The site in Le Fanu Park was chosen by Dublin City Council in response to the growing need and desire for a free play and skate park in the Ballyfermot area.  The site is adjacent to a campus of youth and leisure facilities (Leisure Centre and FamiliBase) which opened in 2008 and the Play Park initiative is seen as a further extension to these resources.

The project is born out of a shared mission between the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Ballyfermot.

The proposed works are for the provision of a new skateboard bowl consisting of a concrete skate plaza, skate bowls and skate transition area. The project includes fencing, grass mounding, pedestrian paths and bicycle stands with provision of CCTV and public lighting, in addition to play areas. The works allow for excavation, earthworks, drainage and extensive planting.

Liffey Street Liffey Vale, Liffey Valley Park

The project involves street improvement works to Liffey Street Upper & Lower. The proposals aim to declutter the streetscape while creating a pedestrian-friendly environment through a series of safe and enjoyable public spaces linking the Hal’penny Bridge to Henry Street. Prioritising the needs of the pedestrian over the vehicle is central to the concept, and pedestrian numbers can be expected to increase once the proposals have been implemented. Planning permission for the scheme was granted in September 2019 and woks are due to begin on site in the Summer of 2020.

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Liffey Vale House (a Georgian House and Protected Structure) is situated on the northern banks of the River Liffey at Longmeadows. The house and gardens, which are derelict, are currently inaccessible to the public. DCC have recently appointed a design team led by Blackwood Architects to develop and oversee the implementation of proposals for the regeneration of Liffey Vale. These plans could include the introduction of visitor facilities, an indoor and outdoor education and events space, celebrating the history of the Liffey and the unique biodiversity within the area. The development of a wetland area with an informative ecological trail within the environs of Liffey Vale House could be of benefit as an education resource for schools as well as encourage elements of eco-tourism and provide a unique setting for local leisure. Consultation has begun with design option to be completed in Q1 2020 and planning permission to be sought in Q2 2020.

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Merrion Square Conservation Plan Merrion Square Tearoom

The conservation plan has been prepared for Dublin City Council’s Culture, Recreation and Economic Services Department, by Howley Hayes Architects for the conservation and management of Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2.  The plan examines the development of this historic park, with its planting, buildings and features and how these have changed over time.  An assessment of cultural significance is also included together with recommendations for a number of policies to inform future conservation and development strategies.  These are intended to provide guidance for the on-going maintenance and management of the park to ensure that the significance of the landscape is preserved and presented clearly to the public.

Dublin City Council’s Culture, Recreation and Economic Services Department has commissioned Bucholz McEvoy Architects to develop a design for an elegant, contemporary Tearooms with careful consideration of placement, scale, materials and proportions and its relationship to the historic Merrion Square Park. This project is being developed in the context of the objectives identified for the Park in the Conservation & Management Plan (Howley Hayes Architects 2014). A new Tearooms in Merrion Square Park would support and enhance the amenity value of the park for both locals and visitors alike - an open and inviting building, providing accommodation for refreshment facilities and accessible toilet facilities, supporting the hosting of cultural events in the Park.

Mountjoy Square Park Conservation Plan NEIC Greening Strategy

The conservation plan has been prepared for the Mountjoy Square Society (MSS) and the Parks and Landscape Services within the Culture, Recreation and Economic Services Department in Dublin City Council (DCC) by Howley Hayes Architects and Dermot Foley Landscape Architects.  It considers the history, development and changes within Mountjoy Square in Dublin over a period of approximately 200 years.  Illustrated with drawings, historic maps and numerous photographs, the plan examines the development of this historic park, with its planting, buildings and features and how these have changed over time.  An assessment of the significance of the park as an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Georgian city, in accordance with its designation as an Architectural Conservation Area, is also included together with recommendations for a number of policies to inform future conservation and development strategies.

The North East Inner City Greening Strategy was initiated by Dublin City Council, based on the recommendations of The Mulvey Report to identify opportunities to develop and improve streetscapes and open spaces within the area for the benefit of the local communities and visitors alike.  It aims to improve the quality of life of local residents through greening enhancements of the physical environment with the hope that, in the context of the Mulvey Report, the North East Inner City becomes a safer, more appealing neighbourhood, offering high quality recreational and amenity resources.

Parks Playground Peace Garden, Christchurch Place


Peace Garden, Christchurch Place

The newly designed Peace Garden at Christchurch Place, Dublin 8 re-opened in June 2019.

Located in Dublin’s medieval quarter, this 0.1 hectare garden is adjacent to the ruins of the Church of St. Nicholas Within and opposite Christ Church Cathedral.  This newly designed garden will provide a beautiful public space for quiet contemplation in the bustling historic centre of the city

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People's PArk, Ballyfermot Reimagining Dublin One

People’s Park Ballyfermot


Following 8 months of onsite conversations and two consultation events, Dublin City Council Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services have developed a design that responds to ideas put forward by local residents to create The People’s Park, Ballyfermot on the greenspace beside the Civic Centre.

The proposal includes a winding perimeter path and gentle earth mounding that will be planted with a diverse mix of new trees and herbaceous plants to bring seasonal colour and energy.

The park will provide the infrastructure for small community gatherings with the inclusion of an open pergola structure and a market space to hold food, plant and craft markets. At the edge of the park will be a movement trail that will include playable elements for play and exercise.

Parks have reviewed the proposals with Dublin City Council area planner who has confirmed that these works fall within the Exempted Development Provisions for works carried out by the Local Authority (Class 36 (a)) so a Part 8 is not required to progress works.

Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services plan to put the plans on public display at the park and on the digital platform citizen space for 6 weeks from June 2020. Following the plan will be updated if necessary based on feedback.

Reimagining Dublin One Laneways - Dublin City Council appointed Sean Harrington Architects to develop the Dublin One Lanes Strategy. The Strategy looked at lane ways in Dublin One, categorised them, and identified actions for their improvement. The main outcome is the detailing of works for five selected laneways within the Dublin One region as pilot/demonstration projects for the improvements of lanes generally in Dublin One and of course more widely within the city centre. The actions for each lane are broken into short, medium and long term. Actions include art installations, public realm improvements, better lighting, increased security, safety, planning and development advice etc. DCC have appointed a design team to develop and implement some of the short and medium term actions identified in the Lane Strategy. This will include public realm improvements at Cole’s Lane, Talbot Lane and Jervis Lane Upper. Consultation will begin in 2020 with works to take place in 2020 & 2021.

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St. Anne's Park St. Anne's Park - Follies Conservation Project
St. Anne’s Park is the largest park under the management of Dublin City Council Parks Department. It is located in Clontarf, and is one of Dublin’s most important historic park landscapes, comprising 220 acres which was formally part of the Guinness family estate. The park contains a number of historical features among them 12 garden follies built by two generations of the Guinness family, Benjamin Lee Guinness and his son, Arthur Edward, Lord Ardilaun. The condition of the follies had deteriorated over the years to the point that each was in poor condition.  The Parks Department engaged Howley Hayes Architects in 2016 to manage the required conservation works to ensure the survival of these important features.  

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St. Audoens' Park Ventry Park 

Located beside the medieval St Audoen's Church in High Street, this garden-like park incorporates the first stone city wall, dating from the c. 1100 and St Audoen’s Arch, the last surviving entrance to the old city.

St. Audoen’s Park, is widely recognized as an important open space which has the potential to play a key role in the city centre, providing improved access, permeability and enjoyment for locals and visitors.

The history of the site is richly layered. The park is located within the medieval City Walls, on the site of St. Audoen’s graveyard, and includes one of the original gates (St. Audoen’s Gate) and a section of the original City Walls. Layer upon layer of change is illustrated in historic maps, but the significance of the site and its spatial relationship with the surrounding urban fabric can still be sensed

Ventry Park is a small residential park in Cabra, Dublin 7. Currently it is predominantly covered with tarmac with very little green space, a small playground and only one bench.  Dublin City Council Parks & Landscape Services decided to improve the park for the surrounding residents..

Following on from our Public Consultation meeting, we took the issues of the residents on board and we are delighted to present a design proposal for Ventry Park, which seeks to address the main issues raised on the night.

The design approach of the new layout allows for better use and greater accessibility into the park. The existing railings, recreational building and Statue of Our Lady are being retained.