Iveagh Market

  • Location: Liberties Coombe
  • Architect: Henry J. Lyons
  • Completed: N/A

The Iveagh Markets development is a  mixed-use scheme on two sites separated by Lamb Alley, with a total site area of 0.663 hectares. The site is composed of the Iveagh Markets, 22-27 Francis Street, Dublin 8, and an adjacent plot to the north of the market building occupied mainly by 20-21 Francis Street and 8 Lamb Alley. The proposed mixed-use development will comprise 21,148sq m [227,635sq ft] gross floor area.

It proposes a refurbishment and redevelopment of the Iveagh Markets element for use as a multi-function market and retail centre.  The development within the Markets building would total 6,996sq m (75,304sq ft), including 5,543sq m (59,664sq ft) of retail space at all levels from sub-basement to first floor.

New archway openings to allow for a single storey building to provide a link between the two market halls, the Wet Market and the Dry Market. Space would be provided as expected for retail, dining, drinking and restaurant uses, as well as exhibition space, an entertainment gallery and performance area.

The hotel element will occupy the plot including 20-21 Francis Street and 8 Lamb Alley. The proposal is for a seven-storey hotel over basement providing 97 bedrooms and 2,514sq m (27,060sq ft) of space. There would be space for a nightclub and bar, with the use of 20-21 Francis Street, a protected structure, as a night lobby entrance to the hotel.

Number 8 Lamb Alley is also a protected structure and the proposal calls for this to be converted into an independent public house of 138sq m (1,485sq ft). It also allows for an outdoor seated dining and drinking area adjacent to the Market Passage which runs along the northern edge of the Iveagh Market building. There would also be an outdoor area of this kind fronting Lamb Alley.

The propsal also includes an  aparthotel of 83 units on the adjoining Mother Redcaps site - comprising a total of 7,200sq m (77,500sq ft) and including four own-door terraced units fronting onto John Dillon Street - and an independent café bar/restaurant.

This proposal is the winning entry by Mitchell + Associates to redesign the entrance area and to signal the presence of the Edwin Lutyens Memorial Gardens on Dublin’s southside.
The limited competition was jointly sponsored by Dublin City Council and OPW.
The Con Colbert Road corridor forms the vehicular entrance to Dublin City arriving from the west with traffic moving in an east-to-west path parallel with the Memorial Gardens. The character of this carriageway is of a busy traffic corridor with little or no environmental quality, while Memorial Road has a quieter ambience being primarily dominated by commercial buildings and slow moving distributor traffic. 

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