Metropolitan Workshop has completed its masterplan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, south of Dublin.
The Masterplan, published in parallel with a new Heritage Management Plan, proposes major new land-uses in four key harbour areas which includes residential development, marine and watersports facilities, an ‘urban beach’, and new cultural attractions including an Irish International Diaspora Centre.
Existing ferry berths will be retained and a central feature is the provision for cruise liner facilities that could bring an additional 100,000 visitors a year.
New events spaces will cater for major international watersports and sailing events and access to the harbour from Dún Laoghaire town centre will be improved by upgrading the access to the existing network of public spaces that link to the waterfront.
“In the coming year, 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,” said Gerry Dunne, CEO Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
“We are also developing an Irish International Diaspora Centre (circa 5,000m2) on the historic Carlisle Pier, and fundraising is already underway. We will be welcoming cruise ships in 2012.”
According to Neil Deely, partner, Metropolitan Workshop the consultation process has been extensive and most see the revitalisation of the waterfront as critical to the regeneration of Dún Laoghaire.
The harbour is a 200-year old heritage site that is 12km south of Dublin City Centre, and a major port of entry for Ireland.
It is the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe (125 hectares), holds the largest marina in Ireland and is home to the Commissioners for Irish Lights (keepers of light houses and light buoys around the Irish coastline) and four yacht clubs.
The Harbour attracts over a million visitors and 500,000 ferry passengers every year, and wants to establish itself as a future marine, leisure and tourism destination.