Ballymun Civic Centre

  • Location: Main Street
  • Architect: Building Design Partnership
  • Completed: 2003

Next to AXIS, the Civic Centre designed by BDP is completed, comprising a civic chamber; a ‘one stop shop’ for Dublin City Council; a Motor Tax Office; offices for the Northern Area Health Board (NAHB) together with a health centre; accommodation for Dublin City Council and Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. (BRL); as well as a café, exhibition area, retail units and car parking for 110 cars. The scheme also includes 48 apartments and some retail units.

The Civic Centre’s three-storey stone-clad wedge addresses the plaza and the AXIS Theatre. In contrast, the four-storey curved glass element addresses both the main street and the plaza. The curved form also creates a softer internal face to the site, forming a community garden to the rear that contrasts with the harder urban front of the building. Internally, a dynamic curved atrium sits between two wings of accommodation.

The atrium is intended to be the social focus for the building’s users and provides an exhibition area and meeting space for the community. The civic chamber is a double-height space at first floor level. Located above the entrance, it faces onto the plaza and acts as a visual focus. The ground floor level comprises the public facilities, while offices for Dublin City Council, BRL and the NAHB are located on the upper floors of the building.

The Sports Centre and Swimming Pool is nearing completion, opposite the Civic Centre. Designed originally by Levitt Bernstein Associates, and tendered as a design-and-build contract, it will house a large leisure pool, indoor sports hall, gym, shops and apartments.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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