City Edge Project
Published on 13th September 2021
A Major Regeneration Project for Dublin City
South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council announce the Launch of Phase 1 – Public Consultation and International Conference
South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and Dublin City Council (DCC) have announced the development of a major joint urban regeneration effort known as the City Edge Project. Located at the western edge of Dublin City Centre, this long-term, extensive redevelopment plan is part of a national strategy to regenerate Dublin city.
The City Edge Project is set to become one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects and an attractive extension of the city for people to live, work and socialise. The proposed development area extends to 700 hectares of land around the Naas Road, Ballymount and Park West area. This area is already a cornerstone of the Dublin economy with some 1,500 businesses employing 25,000 people, alongside well-established residential communities of 5,000 people. There are also significant areas of underutilised land and in the future, this part of the city could be further developed to accommodate up to 75,000 jobs and 40,000 homes.
An international masterplan team has been selected to carry out a detailed study of the area and to produce an exciting vision for the future of this part of Dublin. A significant part of the process is the Public Consultation period, whereby members of the public are invited to contribute to the process and help shape the future of the city.
To support this, a non-statutory 4- Week Public Consultation will run from the 9th of September 2021 to midnight 6th of October 2021. During that period, any member of the public can review the City Edge Emerging Concept Plan and make a submission through the website cityedge.ie. In addition, as part of this extensive consultation, SDCC and DCC will be hosting 2 live online forums which will provide the opportunity to gain further understanding of the project proposals and challenges. These live forums will provide the opportunity for people to pose questions. The live presentations will take place on the following dates and times:
- Wednesday 22nd September 2021: 3pm – 4:15pm
- Thursday 30th September 2021:7pm – 8:15pm
SDCC and DCC will also host the City Edge International Conference on September 29th and 30th. This live event series will provide a unique opportunity to discuss and learn about Best Global Practice approaches to designing and delivering large scale regeneration projects. Hosted by Newtalk’s Shane Coleman and running from 9am to 11am over 2 days, this is an online event open to the public and will feature a range of high profile national and international speakers from Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Singapore, all of whom have been involved in significant and successful urban regeneration projects. They will share their experiences of designing and delivering complex regeneration projects and how the lessons from their projects could be applied to the City Edge project. Example projects that the international speakers have been involved in include:
- London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation in London, which is supporting the delivery of 25,000 new homes and 40,000 new jobs around a new High Speed 2 station
- Gardens by the Bay is is a significant new flagship park delivered by the state in Singapore and has become a key new destination
- Royal Docks in London, close to Canary Wharf, where the regeneration of these lands is underway and will support 25,000 new homes and 60,000 new jobs.
- Orestad in Copenhagen with a new population of 15,000 people in a mixed-use urban quarter based around a new metro
- Nordhavn in Copenhagen is progressing delivery of 40,000 new homes and 40,000 jobs around new public transport within an existing industrial area of the city.
- Sizeable state and private sector regeneration collaborations at IJburg Eastern Docklands and in Haven-Stad in Amsterdam
- Adamstown Strategic Development Zone in Dublin, the first plan of its kind in Ireland and that is supporting 7,000 new homes based on the principles of the Liveable City, and that is over halfway delivered
The City Edge Project represents a major development opportunity for Dublin City and to help shape and inform this work, SDCC and DCC want to hear people’s views on how this significant part of the city should evolve. The consultation programme is designed to provide ample opportunity for any member of the public to get involved and make a contribution to the project.
- 4- Week Public Consultation will run from the 9th of September 2021 to midnight 6th of October 2021 at www.cityedge.ie
- Public Presentations with live Q&A: Two live online forums will take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 3pm – 4:15pm and Thursday 30th September 2021 at 7pm – 8:15pm
- City Edge International Conference: The live online events take place on the mornings of September 29th and 30th, from 9am to 11am both days.
- Display information together with details on how to access the live on-line events and how to make a submission can be viewed at www.cityedge.ie
The following members of the City Edge steering committee are available for interview on request:
Mick Mulhern - Director of Planning and Transport South Dublin County Council
Mick is a qualified urban planner and designer and has worked in planning and regeneration for nearly 20 years. He recently returned to Dublin, having worked for the Mayor of London on significant regeneration schemes for 12 years and for the last 2 years has been working as the Director of Planning and Transport at South Dublin County Council where one of his key pieces of work is overseeing the City Edge Project.
“The City Edge project has the potential to become one of the most transformational regeneration programmes ever progressed in Ireland. Today the area is a vibrant and important piece of Dublin but at over 700 hectares there is scope to use this land more intensely to support an expansion of the City and to provide space for up 75,000 jobs and 40,000 homes.”
John O’Hara - City Planning Officer - At Dublin City Council
John works closely with the Chief Executive, the Elected Members and external agencies in the management and delivery of strategic planning for the City, through the City Development Plan, Local Area Plans, and Strategic Development Zones (SDZ) schemes. John has considerable experience in both Ireland and the UK in urban regeneration. Recently John was responsible for the Docklands and Poolbeg SDZ Planning Schemes.
“The City Edge is an ambitious project that can deliver on the National Planning Frameworks objective to provide climate resilient compact urban growth. The delivery of this goal is contingent upon maximising the potential of existing and planned state of art public transport combined with a robust placemaking strategy focussed on the 15-minute city concept. The active collaboration all parties, public private, is required to achieve the scale of urban regeneration required”.