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New Vision for Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

Published: Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Dublin Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí and Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan have announced innovative plans for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The development will involve the construction of a new 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 impressive project will fulfil the City’s ambitions for a “Civic Spine” connecting the Capital’s key historic places from Kilmainham to Parnell Square. “This is a great architectural opportunity, not just for the city but also for the architectural profession”, says Ali Grehan. “The design challenge is to find an appropriate 21st century vernacular for an innovative City Library within a historic context”, illustrates the City Architect. DCC will procure a design team for the project. Seed capital for the project is being provided by international real estate investment and services company, Kennedy Wilson on a philanthropic basis. 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.

Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí said: “Parnell Square is the first and finest of Dublin‟s Georgian Squares, the area has a rich and important history with philanthropic origins. This bold and visionary project can act as a catalyst for regeneration across the city, drawing Dubliners and visitors of all ages in new directions and creating new business opportunities.

Dublin City Manager John Tierney said: ‟This project represents a powerful opportunity and catalyst for the redevelopment of this part of Northside Dublin. Dublin City Council is looking forward to working in partnership with Kennedy Wilson and with all the other stakeholders in  bringing this major project to fruition.‟

The Parnell Square Cultural Quarter project will see the development of a new city library on the site of Colaiste Mhuire, the re-development of the former Colaiste Mhuire buildings to form the entrance to the new City library and the provision of public rooms for a variety of cultural uses - from music, media, craft and design. 20-21 Parnell Square will also form part of the cultural complex and a pedestrian plaza at the north end of Parnell Square will create new public events space in front of the cultural buildings. A series of public meetings and workshops are being planned to help develop a shared understanding of the expectations and needs of all stakeholders; from individuals, community groups, and public representatives to cultural promoters, educational institutions and businesses. These meetings will take place in tandem with the commissioning of the design and will inform the final design brief.

More information can be found on the DCC website

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