Metropolitan Workshop has completed its masterplan for the overhaul of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, south of Dublin
The London-based practice has proposed new land-uses in four key areas of the 200-year old heritage site - the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe - including new homes, marine and watersports facilities, an ‘urban beach’ and a 5,000m² Irish International Diaspora Centre.
Published together with a new Heritage Management Plan, the scheme features for new cruise liner facilities that could bring an additional 100,000 visitors a year to the harbour on top of the one million tourists and 500,000 ferry passengers it already attracts.
New events spaces will cater for major international watersports and sailing events and access to the harbour from DúnLaoghaire town centre will be improved by upgrading the access to the existing network of public spaces that link to the waterfront.
Gerry Dunne, chief executive Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company said: ‘In the coming year (2012), we are planning to progress a number of the projects identified by the Masterplan including: a new urban beach and a cluster of Light Marine Engineering Companies.
Neil Deely, partner at Metropolitan Workshop said: ‘The consultation process has been very extensive and most see the revitalisation of the waterfront as critical to the regeneration of Dún Laoghaire. The historic context and local topography are uniquely special and the Harbour Company is a visionary organisation, so the Masterplan has very good conditions for success.’
Heneghan Peng had previously looked at a smaller site within the harbour which was cancelled ‘before the crash’.
The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company was set up in 1997 and is a state commercial company charged with responsibility for the maintenance, management and development of Dún Laoghaire Harbour. It’s corporate objectives are to enhance Dún Laoghaire’s attractiveness ‘as a gateway for tourists to Ireland’ by offering state-of-the-art berthing and terminal facilities to ferry operators at Dún Laoghaire Harbour; to maintain and enhance the recreational and amenity value of the harbour in the interest of all of its stakeholders; to generate sufficient revenue from commercial operations to provide for the long-term maintenance of the harbour.’