Sunday, March 16, 2008

Grangegorman - Planning the new Educational and Health Campus

The 73 acre site at St Brendan’s Hospital at Grangegorman has been designated as the site for the unified Campus for the Dublin institute of Technology, the permanent home for Dublin 7 Educate Together Primary School and a range of new mental health and community and continuing care facilities.

This project is one of the most exciting projects in Dublin City and has the potential to bring enormous benefits to the local community in terms of educational opportunities, sporting, cultural and leisure facilities, health provision and local employment.

The planning and design of the campus will have major implications for the local community and so it is extremely important that local residents have an input into the planning and design of the new campus.

The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) was established in November 2006 with responsibility for the management of the entire project. Cllr Emer Costello is a member of the Agency.

The GDA has appointed an American company Moore Ruble and Yudell (MRY) as the Masterplanners. The team is headed by Joseph Mary O’Connor, who is originally a native of Phibsborough.
The GDA held a public meeting in St Paul’s School, Brunswick Street with the Masterplanners, the DIT and the HSE. The Masterplanners gave an outline of their Initial concepts and the DIT and HSE gave presentations on their requirements for the campus.

Copies of all presentations and handouts from the public meeting are available from the GGDA's website here (click on link)

Issues of concern to the local community raised at the meeting included:
  • Height and density of buildings
  • Security and policing
  • Connectivity to local community
  • Transport links and future of Transport 21
  • Community facilities on the site
  • Preservation of built and natural heritage on the site
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Links with other Local Area Plans such as Phibsborough LAP and Markets Framework Plan
  • The location and type of HSE service provision
  • Security and care of HSE patients on the campus
  • Process for community consultation

The planners have commenced work on detailed plans for the site and will be consulting with local stakeholders over this period.

EPS Consulting have responsibility for the Community and Stakeholder consultation. The key contact for the consultation is Peter Brennan, telephone (01) 2845528 email

A further meeting will be held on 24th May 2008 (at a venue to be decided) when the Masterplanners will unveil a first draft of the proposals.

If you would have any questions on this development, please do not hesitate to contact me

I will be keeping you informed of developments.

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