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Achieving Genuine Architectural Legacy

  • The first phase of Grand Canal Square was completed in June 2007. Designed by renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz, the Square covers an area of 10,000m2 and features red- glowing angled light sticks and green-lighted seating areas and has brought a significant ‘wow factor’ to the area

  • Also at Grand Canal Square, contracts were issued to developers for the Grand Canal Theatre, five-star hotel and related commercial buildings. The Theatre is designed by Studio Libeskind and is due to open in 2010 while the hotel’s architect is Manuel Aires Mateus and will open in 2009

  • Landscaping works were completed on the north campshires at Scotch Berth following demoli- tion of some of the last remaining warehouses to provide a continuous walkway between North Wall Quay and The Point Village

  • The U2 Tower project made significant progress with the appointment of the provisional pre- ferred bidder, Geranger Limited, which has proposed a stunning design for the Tower by Foster & Partners to include a public viewing platform at 100 metres, a public amenity area at the base, a hotel and associated retail, and residential accommodation including 20% social and affordable housing

  • Directly across the River Liffey, construction has begun on the €800 million Point Village devel- opment designed by Scott Tallon Walker, which will feature a 18,000m2 shopping centre

  • Dublin’s newest bridge, the Sean O’Casey Bridge designed by Cyril O’Neill, was completed and provides an important link between the IFSC in north Docklands and the Trinity College/Merrion Square areas in the south. The bridge was opened in July 2005 and made an immediate impact with pedestrian traffic on the bridge more than tripling in the first three months of operation.

  • The Samuel Beckett Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava (Macken Street to Guild Street) commenced construction in 2007 and is due for completion in 2010.

  • Construction work is under way on the Royal Canal Linear Park in the North Lotts area between the IFSC and Spencer Dock. Designed by Agence Ter, the one-kilometre-long park is a major land- scaping project that will transform the stretch of the Royal Canal where it enters the River Liffey.

  • Immediately adjoining the Royal Canal Linear Park, construction of the Convention Centre, Dublin – designed by leading Irish architect, Kevin Roche – is already at an advanced stage and bookings have been taken for the first events in its opening year, 2010. When completed, it will extend to over 44,000m2 including a 2,000-seat conference centre

  • George’s Dock was selected as the site for the new National Theatre (the Abbey)

Fulfilling the Potential of the Docklands

  • In tandem with the evident physical changes in the Docklands, there is a less visible, but even equally important transformation taking place – the social regeneration of the Area. Since its inception, the Authority has pursued an exciting and ambitious set of activities in the areas of Education, Employment, Community Development, Civic Infrastructure and Housing

  • The Authority’s investment in education is considered the foundation stone of the social regen- eration of the area and aims at ensuring equal opportunity and participation in the Docklands project across all communities

  • More than 30 education programmes are currently running in schools that are represented on the School Principals’ Forum

  • These programmes include a suite of emotional intelligence and behaviour management initiatives such as Circletime, therapeutic crisis intervention, psychological assessments and play therapy

  • The promotion of family-friendly living areas in Docklands and realising quality of life is also one of the major priorities of social regeneration to ensure a lasting sense of community in the regenerated Docklands






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