WINNER Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Award 2009 Sustainable Communities

Adamstown District Centre

Dublin, Ireland

We were selected from an international shortlist to prepare the urban design framework for a 130,000sqm mixed-use new town centre outside Dublin. The scheme has been a unique and rare collaborative creative process. We led the feasibility stage and planning negotiation for what was Ireland’s largest planning application.

The settlement will provide new town centre amenities for a growing community of residents and a new station for the existing rail link. Amenities will include new community, medical, sport and leisure facilities, shopping, workplaces, crèche, and 900 dwellings.

The centre will have a distinctive identity, developed in collaboration with six leading Irish architectural practices, helping to establish Adamstown as an attractive new place that will endure and evolve.

Team: DMOD Architects / Grafton Architects / HJL Architects / HKR Architects / O'Donnell + Tuomey, O'Mahony Pike Lafferty / Slatterys (Fire Engineering) / Grete Smedal (Materiality Colour) / Space Syntax (Movement Analysis) / Buschow Henley (Car Parking Environment) / Duffy Mitchell O'Dongahue (Associate Architects) / Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (Cost Management) / Delap & Waller with Ecoco (M&E) / Arup (Environmental & Structures) / Gross.Max (Landscape) / Speirs and Major (Lighting) / ILTP (Movement and Transport) / PH McCarthy (Infrastructure)

Collaborators: Jude Byrne

"Producing a project is more than a program, a budget, a building. You need to understand the broader responsibility of producing a new building, it is about the street, the public 'room' in which that building sits. There is a lot more to successful placemaking. A good client understands that."

Jude Bryne, COO Cairn Homes

The project required a kind of ‘creative chemistry,’ brought about by the free exchange of ideas within a highly creative project team. Regular workshop sessions provided the forum for this discourse. A project studio was set so each practice could regularly review working models of their emerging proposals in the context of the evolving whole.