Urban renewal

Urban renewal

Postby gunter » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:39 am

I like what someone has been doing with the Railway Street/Corporation Street flats.

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even on a dull day this looks cheerful, the kind of place you wouldn't mind coming home to. I couldn't have imagined saying that about Liberty House flats before.

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nobody's got carried away with big architectural statements, just a gentle make-over, but I'm guessing a lot of work went into this project.

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a couple of blocks haven't been up-graded yet, or maybe there's a different plan for this one.

Maybe everyone else knows about this, I hadn't heard anything. This looks like a very good scheme, probably working within a tight budget, delivering a hell of an improvement to a lot of peoples' lives.

This can't be the Corpo?
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Re: Urban renewal

Postby gunter » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:43 am

Some more stuff on that urban renewal that been quietly going on up at the Diamond on Sean MacDermott Street.

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the 1991 Development Plan map shows the area after some initial steps at urban renewal had delivered a small amout of new 2 - 3 storey social housing on the north-east corner of the Diamond and a park extending to Gardiner Street with an all-weather pitch.

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two views of a new, four storey, school that has now been built on the site of the soccer pitch, reinstating the north-west building line on the Diamond.

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Does anyone know the story with this?

On the face of it, this looks like a local community and a local authority getting their act together, agreeing what the priorities are, and delivering a decent piece of urban renewal in the process. I wouldn't be totally sold on some aspects of the architecture, but from the outside, it looks pretty accomplished, well planned, bright, cheerful and well made. For me, this school building ticks a few more boxes than the one on the Coombe bypass!

I think the message here is that good urban renewal doesn't have to be loaded down with architectural intentions, just some care and attention and probably some listening to what people want.
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Re: Urban renewal

Postby StephenC » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:43 pm

The school is the new Rutland Street school delivered via PPP. Its built about a year or more now. Its kinda blocky and bland but its certainly welcome. There are some other smaller infill housing developments taking place in the area as well. Summerhill is a dreadful mess though. It needs a action plan badly, possibly extending right up Parnell Street to O'Connell Street. The area should be delivering a much higher amount of private housing to balance the community here. It still has the feel of a ghetto. Agreed that the area in general is coming on though.
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Re: Urban renewal

Postby jdivision » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:13 pm

I think the flats might be St Pancreas but don't hold me to that, going off a memory from a few years ago.
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Re: Urban renewal

Postby johnglas » Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:43 pm

St Pancreas? Don't think they're that bilious! (Sorry. I think it's Pancras.)
Agree with Gunter about the general matter-of-factness and job-well-done nature of this dev. No big statements, just repairing a torn urban fabric. Really need to get some HA (like St Pancras) and 'affordable' hsg in here to 'balance' the community (whatever that means). It does look as though there's been some dialogue between the Corpo and the locals, and that can only be good. Agree as well about the appearance of the schools here and at the Combe (which I haven't seen but which looks like the triumph of design over aesthetics/utility). Some middle-class professionals really do need to get out more.
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