Clonburris (Phase One)


Part 8 planning has been granted for 270 social and affordable homes near Kishoge station in the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). With direct rail connections into Dublin city centre, as well as key links to urban centres such as Clondalkin, Ronanstown and Adamstown Town Centre; the SDZ is well positioned to expand to the planned 10,000 homes. When complete this new suburb will be comparable in scale to large towns such as Naas and Navan.  

Metropolitan Workshop are leading a multidisciplinary team of specialist designers and engineers from AECOM and BBSeven to deliver this mixed-tenure residential scheme for South Dublin County Council (SDCC). Containing a mix of houses, duplexes, apartments and community facilities a broad range of homes is provided with heights ranging from two to five storeys. 

The scheme features five different ‘character areas’ organised around three new public spaces. These open spaces not only provide amenity space for the community but enrich the local biodiversity by incorporating swales as part of the innovative Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). The green spaces also offer links to existing local communities and enable wider connections to Griffeen Valley Park in the west and Grand Canal to the south. 

Each character area is distinguished through variances in massing, scale, and material treatment; generating an ordered variety that gives this neighbourhood its strong sense of place, challenging the homogeneity of suburban architecture. For example, higher densities are accommodated along the linear park to maximise the number of homes with expansive views. Furthermore, the building’s splayed facade takes advantage of the southern aspect. All details of the design have been carefully considered resulting in bright and spacious homes for incoming residents. 

Metropolitan Workshop has developed innovative housing typologies to address the required densities of the Clonburris SDZ and create a new neighbourhood with a defined identity. The scheme presents an exemplar first phase of development for South Dublin County Council and demonstrates a shared vision to create a new sustainable and integrated community in South County Dublin. 


Status: Part 8 Planning granted

"“We share SDCC’s ambition to ensure that this first phase of development sets the benchmark for quality in the SDZ and look forward to the next stages of this important project” "

—Denise Murray, Studio Lead, Metropolitan Workshop