New Dublin Monument: Arc in the Park

New Dublin Monument: Arc in the Park

Postby flysrmd11 » Sun May 11, 2003 2:04 am

Article from today's Sunday Times:

Arc in park offers Dublin a new view
Stephen O’Brien, Irish Political Correspondent

THE Arc in the Park is set to become Dublin’s next landmark. Intended to be the city’s longest pedestrian bridge, the curved walkway will span the Liffey and link the Phoenix Park to the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
The dramatic addition to Dublin’s skyline will be the signature feature of an ambitious €500m development being planned by the government for a neglected corner of the city centre.

Opening up the Phoenix Park to southsiders for the first time, the contintental-style walkway is likely to become one of Dublin’s top attractions for tourists and residents looking for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge will be more than half a mile long, and will stand 100 feet above the Liffey. It is intended to have an eye-catching structure, making a striking impression over the main road and rail gateway into the capital from the west and south.

If it survives as part of Dublin’s emerging development plan, due to go on public display this autumn in draft form, the bridge will be a joint project involving the city council, Irish Rail and the Office of Public Works (OPW), the state property agency.

Tom Parlon, the minister in charge of the OPW, said his agency was strongly in favour of the bridge. The proposal has been welcomed by An Taisce, the national trust, and the customary objectors to ambitious or large-scale development plans.

Parlon will seek planning permission in the next month for a large apartment, office and cultural development in Military Road at the southern end of the bridge. The development is part of the government’s plan to sell off unwanted real estate, and follows an OPW audit of all state properties.

The 14-acre wasteland, one quarter-owned by Eircom, the phone company, will be sold once planning permission is secured for 650 apartments, 750,000-sq-ft of office space, a public park, and a new theatre and exhibition space of the neighbouring Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital. The final value of the fully developed site, which includes an 18-storey apartment tower, could top €500m, according to estimates by the OPW, the project designers. But this will be left to private-sector developers to realise. The OPW is legally barred from risk-taking and plans to sell the site once planning permission for the development is secured.

Parlon said the Military Road property scheme and the innovative bridge project is intended to counter-balance the high-rise gateway at the International Financial Services Centre to the east of the city.

The walkway and cycle path will start at ground level and the main public entrance to the Royal Hospital in Military Road.

It will follow the arc of the Road, standing 20 to 30 feet above street level as the ground slopes to the junction with St John’s Road, the main N4/N7 dual carriageway into the city.

The bridge will span the rail lines at the rear of Heuston Station, allowing better access to the country’s largest railway terminus.

It will stand between 80 and 100 feet above the low-water mark as it crosses the Liffey, before the ground rises steeply again up the river’s northern bank.

The near semi-circular arc will then meet the level of the rising ground in the Phoenix Park, about half-way between the main gate of the park and the Wellington Monument.

The bridge will offer striking new perspectives of Dublin city and the walled Liffey quays to the east, and the river’s more pastoral, meandering course from the west along the Strawberry Beds past Chapelizod to the weir at Islandbridge.

Parlon said: “The Military Road project will provide the kind of quality, urban mix of development we need to be aiming for in the future in order to redress the imbalance in Dublin’s outward development.”

The development will include social and affordable housing — 20% of the total and will provide homes to some 1,500 people and work space for another 5,000.

The first initiative in the state property sale was announced last month with a decision to sell a site in Lad Lane, off Baggot Street in Dublin, which is expected to make about €15m when it goes on the market in the next fortnight.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2091-676119,00.html
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Postby delta_jacob » Sun May 11, 2003 3:17 pm

Sounds fantastic, and shock horror, an Taisce are not objecting! there may be hope for Dublin yet.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon May 12, 2003 9:01 am

Early days yet...
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Postby kefu » Mon May 12, 2003 11:25 am

What an original idea:

"Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Irish National War Memorial commemorates the estimated 49,000 Irishmen - all volunteers who died and the estimated 300,000 who fought in the British Army during the First World War of 1914-1918. Unlike his other war memorials, Lutyens designed a tranquil garden on the banks of the Liffey - a garden that was originally intended to be linked to the Phoenix Park on the other side by a bridge. This three arched bridge was to built on the central axis of the main lawn."

Still, I'd love to see this built. It would bring that side of the Phoenix Park into even more use, which can only be a good thing.
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Postby Zap » Mon May 12, 2003 12:38 pm

Sounds like its going to be some impressive sight - cant wait to see a visual of the design.

Lets hope though it is not built by the same crowd building th Blackhall Place bridge!
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Postby d_d_dallas » Tue May 13, 2003 5:01 pm

So... does this mean we didn't really need the Spike in the end?
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Postby delta_jacob » Tue May 13, 2003 5:06 pm

theres nothing says that a city can't have two landmark structures...
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Postby Aken » Tue May 13, 2003 9:23 pm

Oh my god! sell the spike and use the funds to make sure this is built! WOW inspired
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Postby Rory W » Wed May 14, 2003 8:55 am

I can't see it happening though - wonderful idea that it is - The ST are always reporting these wonderful things that never seem to materialise, so don't hold your breath.

On the other hand there will be the predictable outcry of 'waste of money' from those with a lack of vision.. what about the health service/refugees/homeless/eldery (delete as applicable).
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Postby emf » Wed May 14, 2003 1:23 pm

If its tied into the redelopment of the derelict Eircom/ OPW site beside the Royal Hospital it may stand a fighting chance of being built rather than being built as a stand alone project!! On that point I hope this development dosen't detract from th views from the RH across the renovated formal gardens towards the Phoenix park!
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