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Old April 5th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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DUBLIN | City Library, Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

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21st century library plan for Dublin's Parnell Square to transform area into cultural hub
Updated: 09:57, Friday, 05 April 2013

Plans for a new 21st century library on Dublin's Parnell Square have been announced by the City Council.

The project would involve transforming Parnell Square North into a cultural hub incorporating the Hugh Lane Gallery in front of a pedestrianised plaza.

The US-based real estate and investment company Kennedy Wilson is providing seed money of €2.5 million on a philanthropic basis and will lead fundraising for the remaining cost of €60 million.

The library would be built on the site of the Colaiste Mhuire building and on numbers 20 and 21 on the other side of the Hugh Lane Gallery providing a total of 11,000 sq metres of cultural space.

It would provide a city library, which is currently housed in the ILAC centre, along with facilities for music, writing, and digital experience.

The plan would be part of the council's vision of a 'Civic Spine' linking the major retail areas with a route running from Christchurch to Trinity College, O'Connell Street and onto Parnell Square.

It would also be part of the regeneration of Parnell Square - Dublin's oldest Georgian Square.

The council has promised connectivity to the planned DIT campus to be situated further north at Grangegorman.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí has called for the public to get involved in the consultation for the plan.

It is hoped to have a design team ready this summer and subject to planning to have the library open in 2017.

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http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0405/379853-dublin-library/
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Cultural quarter plan for Parnell Square
City council plans new cultural quarter on north side

Mary Minihan

Last Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013, 06:47



The library will move to the Coláiste Mhuire buildings on the north side of the Georgian square, above. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The centrepiece of a plan to redevelop Parnell Square in Dublin as the capital’s latest cultural quarter will involve the relocation of the Central Library from the Ilac shopping centre.

The library will move to the Coláiste Mhuire buildings on the north side of the Georgian square at the top of O’Connell Street from its present location in the upper level of the commercial facility which has entrances on Parnell Street, Henry Street and Moore Street.

The plan to revamp the northside area will be launched by Dublin City Council this morning. The Coláiste Mhuire building is located close to the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Dublin Writers’ Museum.

A former Christian Brothers school, it occupies almost half of Parnell Square North and has been empty for several years. Developing a cultural quarter in Parnell Square has long been an objective of the Council and is included in its development plan.

‘Dynamic catalyst’

Philanthropic funding has been sought for the development of the new quarter which the council hopes will “serve as a dynamic catalyst for social and economic development in the city”.

The location was identified as an ideal spot for a new city library last year by Graham Hickey, conservation research officer with the Dublin Civic Trust, who said the buildings were “in fairly good nick” following repairs to the roof.

“With the Hugh Lane Gallery and the writers’ museum just next door, a city library would consolidate cultural uses on the square. This is central to the whole success of Upper O’Connell Street which requires the cultural draw of Parnell Square,” Mr Hickey told The Irish Times last November.

There have been calls for the library to be located in the old houses of parliament building on College Green in the city centre, which is currently home to the Bank of Ireland.

This option is not mentioned in the report being published this morning, however.

‘Cultural cluster’

Dublin City Council’s development plan says that a “cultural cluster” is emerging around Parnell Square. It also notes that institutions such as the Dublin Writers’ Museum, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and The Irish Writers’ Centre “are serving to culturally underpin the rejuvenated O’Connell Street with an exciting cultural quarter around Parnell Square.”

The plan stresses the “special architectural quality” of the square, which is described as part of the capital’s “grand civic spine”. The civic spine is a route through the city centre along which the city’s primary civic, cultural and historic attractions are located.

The route is from Parnell Square, through O’Connell Street, College Green to Christchurch Place with a southern extension from College Green to Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green and an eastern extension from College Green to Merrion Square.

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This is great news! While I would've preferred the old Ambassador Cinema as the location of the Central Library, the former Coláiste Mhuire is an excellent site and is very close to other cultural centres like the Writer's Museum and the excellent Hugh Lane Gallery. It'll also be nicely located beside the Luas and the future Metro North so Dubliners will be within easy reach of it across the city. For us to truly live up to our reputation as a UNESCO City of Literature and a place where the written word is sacred, we need a grand and capacious venue for our central library. It is a crying shame that up until now it has been condemned to an inconspicuous corner of a shopping centre. This place better be ready soon!
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Fantastic news. I can't wait to see some renders.
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The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

Announcement: Friday, 5th April 2013

City launches details of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - a new Cultural District for Dublin City

On Friday 5th April the Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced details of a visionary new project for Dublin city: the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library on the site of Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square. The new City Library and the existing spectacular Hugh Lane Gallery will be connected by a civic plaza, creating a new intercultural district for Dublin. The project will fulfil the City’s ambitions for a ‘Civic Spine’ connecting the capital’s key historic places. It will be a new public landmark that will inspire physical and economic renewal. Seed capital for the project is being provided by international real estate investment and services company, Kennedy Wilson on a philanthropic basis. The company, which has its main European office in Dublin, will also lead further required fund raising and provide expertise to assist in management of the development. Preliminary estimates for the full development cost are €60m. Public consultation to explore how the cultural quarter can realise its potential for positive impact will commence shortly.

Read the full City Council Press Release...

An exciting new destination for learning, literature, information and culture in Dublin.


What is the Dublin City Library?

The Dublin City Library will be a new kind of city library for the citizens of Dublin. A window on the world of knowledge and culture, a centre of learning and literature, a commune of research and reading and a hub of ideas and creativity.

Where will it be?

The City Library will be at the heart of a new Civic Cultural Quarter at Parnell Square, accommodated on the site of the former Coláiste Mhuire. Together with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, it will anchor a cluster of new and existing cultural facilities on the square all connected by a new civic plaza.

A story house where people can learn and create.


What has been done?

Preparations are well under way. The project will involve widespread consultation with citizens and stakeholders. The library brief is evolving and the process to select a design team will commence soon.

View the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter promotion video:


What will it be like?

It will be a meeting place for both people and ideas – a story house. It will be a place that is always ready to change, dynamic and constantly evolving, a library of temporary spaces, meeting spaces, different places. It will imbue in its users a sense of ownership and a sense that they, the citizens, will develop the library through the events that happen there.

Total Space 8,000 sqm
Total no. of Reader Seats 800



Large welcome foyer

Capable of hosting small events and performances – an impromptu space for discourse and debate.

Lending and reference library

Items for loan and reference in multiple formats, places to read, to work, to think.

Conference and exhibition spaces

For large and small events, bookable by the community.

Innovation Hub

Supporting the business and enterprise needs of the city with collections, on-line resources and spaces to work and collaborate.

Digital media and music library

Offering a blend of physical and digital resources, listening, downloading and creating facilities.

StoryHouse

A literature centre, displaying, interpreting and showcasing Dublin's unique literary heritage. Offering creative spaces,performances and opportunities for residencies.

Learning Suite

Comprising a digital media hub and on-line learning centre, it will offer access to the library's digital collections and access to many learning opportunities.

Children’s and Young Adult’s Library

Learning, reading, activity and recreational spaces for creating music, theatre, art, media and gaming.

The Place: Parnell Square

This location was chosen for several reasons. The most successful international libraries are beside dense residential zones, are located
at urban hubs, close to public transport, and have adequate outdoor public space associated with them. They are transparent and open, capable of engaging their communities. Street level access to the library is key, helping to promote interaction between outside and inside.

Consultation

The conversation is just beginning. We want to hear your views. You can find out more at www.dublincitypubliclibraries.com

In preparation for the design phase, the City’s library service has looked at the best in international practice, analysed population and demographic trends and assessed and reviewed current services. In addition, we are planning continuously for services and programmes that reflect what a 21st century city library should be for the people of Dublin.

The vision for the Dublin City Library is to be an icon of literature and learning for all.




The City Library – General Information
  • Part of 11,500 sqm of cultural space at the new Cultural Quarter on Parnell Square
  • 8,000 sq.m. of the library of the future
  • Together with the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane it will enhance and extend the civic cultural offer at Parnell Square
  • Expected 3,000 visitors a day – 1 million visitors a year
  • A StoryHouse – celebrating Dublin’s place as a UNESCO City of Literature
  • A vibrant and versatile meeting place bursting with activity
  • Lots of interesting things to borrow in many different formats
  • Events, performances, readings, exhibitions, something for everyone – a place to be – THE place to be
  • 7-day opening
Download the Dublin City Library Brochure (pdf, 1.98mb)
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And more...
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City launches details of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - a new Cultural District for Dublin City

On Friday 5th April the Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced details of a visionary new project for Dublin city: the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The development will involve the construction of a new and innovative Dublin City Library on the site of Colaiste Mhuire on Parnell Square.

The new City Library and the existing spectacular Hugh Lane Gallery will be connected by a civic plaza, creating a new intercultural district for Dublin. The project will fulfil the City’s ambitions for a ‘Civic Spine’ connecting the capital’s key historic places.

It will be a new public landmark that will inspire physical and economic renewal. Seed capital for the project is being provided by international real estate investment and services company, Kennedy Wilson on a philanthropic basis.

The company, which has its main European office in Dublin, will also lead further required fund raising and provide expertise to assist in management of the development. Preliminary estimates for the full development cost are €60m.

Public consultation to explore how the cultural quarter can realise its potential for positive impact will commence shortly.
Renders of the area can be found here and here.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Is that the east part of the sqaure? Looks nice , I like it
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I wonder will there actually be words on the ground.
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I wonder will there actually be words on the ground.
Hopefully, Parnell Square is crying for some more life. Turning the North side into a cultural plaza is a brilliant idea



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I like it. "Novel" idea.


See what I did there! Eh?
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I'm not so sure. Anyone else think the words are a bit naff? Detracts from the Georgian elegance a bit, in my opinion.
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I'm not so sure. Anyone else think the words are a bit naff? Detracts from the Georgian elegance a bit, in my opinion.
I think it could go either way. Look fantastic or look like crap.
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I think as long as there isn't a harsh contrast between the works and the background pavement, it could be nice (:
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It's interesting - but what's the point of the trees? Why does every public space in Dublin have to be swamped with unnecessary clutter?
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It's interesting - but what's the point of the trees? Why does every public space in Dublin have to be swamped with unnecessary clutter?
At last, a voice of reason.
Bloody trees. They're a mess. I was in the forest in India and couldn't believe how they just let the trees grow wild anywhere. It was a nightmare trying to get around. Cut them all down I say.
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Re: Trees!!!

100% agree that many places in Dublin are blighted by messy trees (and parked/passing double decker buses), which block views of important buildings.

The most obvious examples are College Green, Westmorland street and Leinster house on the Kildare Street side.

However, we're also completely lacking in trees in some areas that could really do with them. The redbrick of Georgian Dublin actually looks great set against a splash of green.

It would be great to see more hanging baskets and greenery on our Georgian streets and squares. Oh, and wider pavements, resurfaced roads and less car parking spaces while we're at it too!!!
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Just looked like at the video. Not liking the look of the big poles outside the building either, but overall a great scheme.

Interesting that they described Parnell Square as the most important of the Georgian squares. I would have always placed Merrion Square and Stephens Green as more prominent.
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I'm not so sure. Anyone else think the words are a bit naff? Detracts from the Georgian elegance a bit, in my opinion.
Hmmmm, yes I see where you are comming from.

In theory its breaths life into a dilapadated area and instills cultural benefits. It also finds an alternative use for Georgian Buildings preventing them from falling into disrepair.

However, and here the rub, the very fact that Georgian buildings are involved means that their integrity will be demeaned. Furthermore, any modern building being slotted into such a site will be compromised as its designers will have to restrain it to match the historic fabric of the area. This usually ends up being the worst of both worlds.

I might add, that much like Smithfield, Parnell Square is avoided for a reason....its not due to a lack of cultural interest, retail, facilities etc....its because it is rough. Its not the kind of place you can just wander around with a fancy phone on display.

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Just looked like at the video. Not liking the look of the big poles outside the building either, but overall a great scheme.

Interesting that they described Parnell Square as the most important of the Georgian squares. I would have always placed Merrion Square and Stephens Green as more prominent.
Yes, but Parnell Square is in a "wurking class area"......
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Re: Trees!!!

100% agree that many places in Dublin are blighted by messy trees (and parked/passing double decker buses), which block views of important buildings.

The most obvious examples are College Green, Westmorland street and Leinster house on the Kildare Street side.

However, we're also completely lacking in trees in some areas that could really do with them. The redbrick of Georgian Dublin actually looks great set against a splash of green.

It would be great to see more hanging baskets and greenery on our Georgian streets and squares. Oh, and wider pavements, resurfaced roads and less car parking spaces while we're at it too!!!
But there is no shortage of trees on Parnell Square. I don't really get what the point of the trees is at this particular location - six feet outside a terrace of Georgian buildings which already face a garden.
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