Dundrum Central Project Update

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We are delighted to launch the Dundrum Central Virtual Consultation Room for our latest stage of Community and Stakeholder Engagement. Click here to explore the link.

January 21. The Land Development Agency (LDA), set up by the Government to optimise use of State land for new housing, is today launching the next phase of consultation in relation to the proposed Dundrum Central housing development. This phase of the consultation will incorporate early-stage designs which have emerged from the first phase of engagement.

The 11.3-hectare Dundrum Central development is to be located on the site of the Dundrum Central Mental Hospital, which is moving location imminently. A planning application for the project is expected to be submitted in mid-2021 with construction to start in 2022, subject to planning approval.

The next phase of consultation and engagement, the ‘Concept Stage’, will commence now and run until 28th February. This is based on early-stage proposals, and will feature a series of Covid-19 appropriate initiatives, where early ideas, plans, sketches and concepts will be presented and explored, showing how the proposals are shaping up and the potential of the development.

A Virtual Project Consultation Room has just been launched on the project website, dundrumcentral.ie and this will allow people to review the potential project from the comfort and safety of their homes or on their mobile devices. Having viewed the Virtual Consultation Room, consultees will be encouraged to give their views.

These early-stage Concept proposals for Dundrum Central show the emerging proposals to develop a sustainable and distinctive community for this landmark site. These proposals include sensitive adaptive re-use of the heritage structures, with the new neighbourhood to be designed to complement and integrate within the mature landscape and parkland setting. Creating a community is a key aim of the concept designs, to be achieved through the design of the neighbourhood, the range of community and recreational facilities and sensitive re-imagining of key heritage assets on the site. There are also community spaces proposed, including multifunctional open space and public realm, with well-designed walking and cycling routes. Access to and integration with the surrounding community in the Dundrum and Windy Arbour areas is a key feature of the emerging proposals.

In addition to the Virtual Consultation Room, there will be two Project Webinars hosted by the Project Design Team. Entry to the Consultation room and registration to attend the webinars is via www.dundrumcentral.ie. You can also register for the webinars by emailing [email protected]

The webinars will take place on

January 27th from 7pm to 8pm

February 2nd from 5pm to 6pm

Barry Chambers, Project Lead with the Land Development Agency said:

We are delighted to be moving forward with the next phase of the Dundrum Central project. While the project design process is still at an early stage, this is an important milestone. We have incorporated the feedback from our engagement and consultations that have been ongoing since September last year and are now beginning to see an exciting concept of possibilities for the site take shape. We believe that this step forward will allow local stakeholders to get a better view of the potential of this site and how it can both create a new community and enhance the existing area.

“We have had great interest and support to date from the local community and other stakeholders. We are committed to thorough and meaningful consultation. The engagement from local stakeholders has been excellent, particularly in the circumstances of Covid-19. We look forward to further conversations in the coming weeks.”

As with the previous of consultations, these views will help to shape the design of the project and the development of a project masterplan. This masterplan will be shared with the community, when complete, at a consultation later in the Spring.

Further details of the consultation will be available online at – www.dundrumcentral.ie. The LDA has also appointed a Community Liaison Team, who will act as a key contact point for stakeholders in the local community.


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