Heuston Gate

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Architect: Paul Keogh Architects, OPW Architectural Services
Client: Office of Public Works

Due to the economic downturn in Ireland in June 2008 it was announced the project would not proceed.

The Heuston Gate project is a 2-hectare (4.5 acre) state-owned site to the south-west of Heuston Station. It will transform an under-utilised space into a vibrant quarter containing state-of-the-art office space, high quality living accommodation and a mix of cultural and leisure uses. Heuston Gate is designed to contribute to the objectives of Dublin City Council's Heuston Gateway Regeneration Strategy. It will act as a balance to the Dublin Docklands Development Authority developments at the eastern end of the river Liffey and it seeks to revi-talise city living in the Heuston, Kilmainham area.

The residential element of the project includes 197 high specification apartments. The development will make full provision for social and affordable housing which amounts to 20% of the total. When completed Heuston Gate and and the adjacent Westgate development will be
home to some 1,500 people, who will have elevated roadway access to the nearby Phoenix Park and directly into Heuston Station. Access to the Phoenix Park will be by pedestrian and cycle bridge – a joint project involving Dublin City Council, Irish Rail and the OPW. Parking is provided at basement level with space for 365 cars and 480 bicycles.

The location of Heuston Gate close to Heuston Station gives the development access to an important transportation hub and it is also close to the Luas City Centre/Tallaght line, which runs down Steven's Lane alongside Dr Stevens' Hospital beside this proposed development. The Heuston Gate site contains two protected structures, namely the Phoenix Deer Park Wall and the East Gate Lodge of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and three historic buildings, which are listed in the Record of Monuments and Places, namely the Doctor’s House, Infirmary and Laundry which were formerly part of the Royal Hospital complex. The development includes proposals for sympathetic new uses and conservation of these historic properties.

It also contains landscaping and open space proposals, including a new street – ‘IMMA Avenue’ – which will provide a public pedestrian route from Heuston Station to the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Proposed landscaping works include amenity and environmental improvements along the River Camac, the removal of some existing trees, planting of new trees and the creation of a number of new courtyard gardens in the vicinity of the conserved historic buildings.

The proposed Development has a floor gross area of just over 52,000 square meters and will include a total of 14 buildings. The development contains two landmark buildings. The first of these is a 32-storey, mainly residential structure which will become the tallest building in Dublin. The building’s lowest three floors are reserved for restaurant use, below 28 floors of residential space and a public observation deck at the highest level. A decorative mast will be erected above the observation deck. The highest point of the observation deck will be 123.55m and the highest point of the mast 140.55m above OD level.

The second landmark building is the cultural flagship of the development namely Exploration Station – an Interactive Centre for Learning with 50,000 square feet of space. It is hoped this will enhance the cultural theme of the area.

Due to the economic downturn in Ireland in June 2008 it was announced the project would not proceed.

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Posted by Reflecting City Team on Thursday, September 18, 2008
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