Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is a 200-year old heritage site twelve kilometres south of Dublin and a major port of entry for Ireland.

We were invited by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in 2010 to prepare a masterplan which realises the potential of the harbour as a major marine, leisure and tourism destination.

The Harbour Company intends to promote investment in, and generate sufficient revenue from, commercial operations to ensure the long term sustainability of the harbour. The project presents many challenges including transport and tourism development, security logistics, heritage conservation, as well as the improvement of public amenities. Our masterplan will improve public access to the waterfront through a network of new public spaces.

Key aims are to create new cultural attractions, provide improved marine infrastructure and to establish the feasibility of providing new facilities for cruise liners to boost the regeneration of the town centre.

Team: MacCabe Durney Barnes (Planning Consultancy) / Shaffery Associate (Heritage) / Arup (Engineering) / Aecom (Transport) / Communnique International (Comms. & Stakeholder Engagement) / LTO (Destination Definition) / DKM (Economic Impact) / DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald (Property Advice) / Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (Cost Advice)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do that by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

Improving public access through a network of new public spaces formend a key element in our masterplan for enhancing Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Our proposals envisaged the harbour as a cruise ship destination with an enhanced public realm connecting it back to the city.