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Old February 22nd, 2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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"Second IFSC" planned for Dublin Docklands

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Port landowners plan 'second IFSC'
Neil Callanan

Plans for a new IFSC, dubbed East Village, have been drawn up by state-backed and private landholders in and around Dublin Port once the economic climate improves.


Dublin Port, CIE, Matt Gallagher's Earlsfort, landowner Paddy Oman and Bennett Construction are amongst a consortium of landowners who have drawn up plans for the development of a 160-acre site stretching from the East Link bridge to East Point business park near Fairview.


A draft report on the proposal, marked private and confidential, says that the scheme would take more than 10 years to construct. An economic impact report by DKM says the completed scheme could result in 60,000 jobs generating an annual wage bill of €3.4bn.



The most ambitious part of the plan involves part of the port being put into a giant 93-acre two-storey basement with capacity for more than 2,700 trucks. A two-level bridge would be built across the Liffey to take the port traffic off the East Link.

On top of the basement, various commercial and residential buildings would be constructed.


The backers of the scheme have already held preliminary talks with Dublin City Council (DCC) about including its land in the proposal. Bennett and Oman own more than nine acres in the planned development, Dublin Port owns 80 acres, Earlsfort and others own 39 acres, CIE and Irish Rail own 15 acres and DCC owns 17.8 acres.


Three separate areas would be created as part of the scheme, which has also been dubbed International Quarter.


The first area would be known as Point Peninsula and comprises land closest to the East Link toll bridge. It would have medium- to high-density mixed-use development, with an aquarium and a science museum as its centrepiece. The Liffey boardwalk would be extended to the area and a 10,000-seat arena constructed.




The second area would be around Alexandra docks, where the consortium wants to create a high-density high-rise commercial and financial district, while the third area would be known as East Point Village and have larger areas of green space.




The landowners have already requested the extension of special planning powers to the area.

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I will get some images tomorrow. This looks very exciting. In one of the images the buildings look as tall as the Poolbeg Chimneys - that's about 220 m's give or take which would far exceed the proposed U2 tower at 180m's. HKR are the architects behind the scheme.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 04:12 AM   #2
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The most ambitious part of the plan involves part of the port being put into a giant 93-acre two-storey basement with capacity for more than 2,700 trucks. A two-level bridge would be built across the Liffey to take the port traffic off the East Link.

On top of the basement, various commercial and residential buildings would be constructed.
Umm, what!? I dont understand how this would work? Containers need to be stacked, ships accessed easily etc, no?

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The Liffey boardwalk would be extended to the area and a 10,000-seat arena constructed.
Another one, right beside a 14,000 seater?


This is great though. Really good to see some vision and pragmatism, not just doomed Ireland through recession-blinkers. Is this part of that "A new heart for dublin" move the port plan? It seems to include a wider area. Again though, really great and I hope its feasable.

Look forward to the images.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 11:37 AM   #3
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Moving the port to bremore has to be the only solution!

Dublin truely has the possibilty of having the best riverside and waterfront skyline in Europe down there. I genuinely can't think of a better setting for a skyscraper district in any major European city (monaco perhaps, but they've already messed that up)?? The location with it's basins, wharfs and possibilities for building wide roads lends itself perfectly for skyscraper development. Then there's the vistas; imagine the views out towards the u-shaped bay, the beaches, the islands, and then back the old city and the mountains sheltering the city to the south. (the mind boggles)
Anyone with even the slightest bit of vision and pride in this city could see the possibilities down there. Alas, people with vision and pride in this city will probably doom anything like this from ever happening!
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The only concept drawing I see is here

ftp://downloads.hkrarchitects.com/

It's on the masterplanning PDF.


Looks interesting but still in quite peliminary stages of design.


BTW yeah I do support the port ultimately being moved. It's a vast area of prime development land.
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Oooops


Go to HKRarchitects.com and to brochures. Sometimes you need no password.


The image is on archiseek in the "East Village" thread if it does not work.
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