Pear Tree
Crossing

A working title for
The Vision for the lands bounded by
Watling Street, Thomas Street and Bonham Street;
and lands bound by Thomas Street, Crane Street,
School Street and Thomas Court

The Land
Development
Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) was created in September 2018 with the purpose of opening up state owned land for development. The Government has committed to capitalising it with €1.25 billion following enactment of its grounding legislation. The LDA has a national focus and is currently active on sites that will deliver around 6,000 homes.

The LDA has a mandate to work with and support local authorities, public bodies and other interests to strategically assemble land for the delivery of more compact city cores through integrated urban brownfield regeneration in line with the National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040.

The Masterplan Area
The LDA has taken the lead role for the master planning of these lands in a first, key step in the redevelopment of these key State lands in Dublin City Centre to provide new mixed tenure affordable homes, accommodation for enterprise and commerce combined with amenity, leisure, civic, community and open spaces that would realise tangible, social, economic and community benefits to be integrated into The Liberties.

The LDA in its lead role, proposes to bring forward this transformative project as the individual landowners are not mandated to deal with lands outside of their control. A development masterplan encompassing the entire area has the capacity to generate a coherent regeneration plan with a potential transformative impact for the wider Liberties area.

Working in partnership
The masterplan area is made up of the DHDA Campus and other lands in various levels of use, and, give a combined area of 3.72 Ha (9.2 acres). The three respective landowners are; Digital Hub Development Agency, The Office of Public Works (OPW) and Dublin City Council (DCC).

The Vision
The vision outlined on this website and the associated document is a first step in the process that will design a master plan and a delivery framework for the phased development of this part of Dublin.

The Land
Development
Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) was created in September 2018 with the purpose of opening up state owned land for development. The Government has committed to capitalising it with €1.25 billion following enactment of its grounding legislation. The LDA has a national focus and is currently active on sites that will deliver around 6,000 homes.

The LDA has a mandate to work with and support local authorities, public bodies and other interests to strategically assemble land for the delivery of more compact city cores through integrated urban brownfield regeneration in line with the National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040.

The Masterplan Area
The LDA has taken the lead role for the master planning of these lands in a first, key step in the redevelopment of these key State lands in Dublin City Centre to provide new mixed tenure affordable homes, accommodation for enterprise and commerce combined with amenity, leisure, civic, community and open spaces that would realise tangible, social, economic and community benefits to be integrated into The Liberties.

The LDA in its lead role, proposes to bring forward this transformative project as the individual landowners are not mandated to deal with lands outside of their control. A development masterplan encompassing the entire area has the capacity to generate a coherent regeneration plan with a potential transformative impact for the wider Liberties area.

Working in partnership
The masterplan area is made up of the DHDA Campus and other lands in various levels of use, and, give a combined area of 3.72 Ha (9.2 acres). The three respective landowners are; Digital Hub Development Agency, The Office of Public Works (OPW) and Dublin City Council (DCC).

The Vision
The vision outlined on this website and the associated document is a first step in the process that will design a master plan and a delivery framework for the phased development of this part of Dublin.

The Liberties is an area facing
major change and the lands for this
masterplan sit at the centre of this.
These lands can be a catalyst for
the sustainable regeneration of this
historic part of the city.

A single pear tree sits at the heart
of these lands. Anecdotally this
pear tree is the oldest fruit bearing
tree in Ireland. It can be found
standing next to St. Patrick’s
tower, the oldest standing Smock
Windmill in Europe.

The Liberties is an area facing major change and the lands for this masterplan sit at the centre of this. These lands can be a catalyst for the sustainable regeneration of this historic part of the city.

A single pear tree sits at the heart of these lands. Anecdotally this pear tree is the oldest fruit bearing tree in Ireland. It can be found standing next to St. Patrick’s tower, the oldest standing Smock Windmill in Europe.

‘Anything built
in the Liberties
should be
distinctively
Dublin’

Liberties LAP

‘Provide appropriate social and community infrastructure to support the existing population, which is growing and becoming increasingly diverse... Provide for a wide diversity and choice of housing that can cater for families and older people by including options for mixed tenure and a range of housing types and unit sizes.’

Liberties LAP

‘In years to come the Liberties will have an international reputation as a powerhouse for creative industries and cultural tourism as well as being a great place to live’

Liberties LAP

© Guinness Archive, Diageo Ireland
© Guinness Archive, Diageo Ireland

The DCC Development Plan draft SDRA area corresponds to the area defined by the Liberties Local Area Plan 2009. With the expiration of the Local Area Plan (LAP) in May 2020, the SDRA seeks to incorporate relevant elements of the LAP, as appropriate, that have yet to be realised.

This masterplan is core to the principles set out in the draft SDRA.

Liberties LAP

THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE HERITAGE, GROW EXISTING USES AND CREATE A SUSTAINABLE PLACE TO LIVE

These lands provide an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the development of The Liberties area of Dublin City and to transform this currently underutilised area into a new, sustainable urban community with a distinctive identity which will be integrated into the wider Liberties area.

It is considered that the delivery of a new residential and mixed use area of these lands is appropriate and accords with the surrounding pattern of development. The principal aims of any eventual redevelopment of these lands will be to achieve a sustainable residential and commercial development while ensuring that the architectural heritage and buildings are retained and repurposed. In order to promote a high standard of development a comprehensive masterplan will be required.

Those currently working and living on this site and in the local area will be a key part of the conversations about how this site might change. There will be new opportunities for business growth and new community facilities that will complement and grow from the innovative uses and community initiatives already ongoing.

These intentions and remit align with existing goals of Dublin City Council for the sustainable development of the city and the existing zoning and development principles for the Liberties area.

celebrate_heritage

THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE HERITAGE, GROW EXISTING USES AND CREATE A SUSTAINABLE PLACE TO LIVE

These lands provide an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the development of The Liberties area of Dublin City and to transform this currently underutilised area into a new, sustainable urban community with a distinctive identity which will be integrated into the wider Liberties area.

It is considered that the delivery of a new residential and mixed use area of these lands is appropriate and accords with the surrounding pattern of development. The principal aims of any eventual redevelopment of these lands will be to achieve a sustainable residential and commercial development while ensuring that the architectural heritage and buildings are retained and repurposed. In order to promote a high standard of development a comprehensive masterplan will be required.

Those currently working and living on this site and in the local area will be a key part of the conversations about how this site might change. There will be new opportunities for business growth and new community facilities that will complement and grow from the innovative uses and community initiatives already ongoing.

These intentions and remit align with existing goals of Dublin City Council for the sustainable development of the city and the existing zoning and development principles for the Liberties area.

OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITIES

Diverse and innovative
businesses

Greening initiatives

Strong local
community

Layers of History

Ideal
location

Tourist destination

CHALLENGES

No overlooking
for security

Long dormant buildings

No on
street activity

Hard edges with no green

Underused
spaces

Lack of pedestrian friendly
spaces and routes

CHALLENGES

VISION THEMES
& PRINCIPLES

VISION THEMES
& PRINCIPLES

IDENTITY, LIVING & UNLOCKING