Re: Re: Dublin Fruit Market
Following on from Dublin Civic Trust’s “Capel Street & The City Markets” study http://issuu.com/dctrust/docs/capel_street_and_the_city_markets_-_revised_2011 Dublin City Business Association have been fleshing out some of the issues that arise in returning the markets to economic activity and public use http://www.dcba.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/DUBLIN-CITY-MARKET.pdf
As noted above this is a great project for the City to get its teeth into – realisable, cost effective and capable of injecting life into a currently underused area of the city centre. At my last visit in Feb, work has already begun on refurbishing the Market Hall http://www.dublincityarchitects.ie have a short blog post on their plans for the building.
I have said it many times before however that the focus must also be out in the wider area to ensure that the Markets become an attractive destination for people. Some of architect James Kelly’s thoughts in the DCBA documents are relevant here. Borough Market in London is also a good reference point on how to successfully integrate market/food businesses around the market halls into a wider area/quarter/etc.
Another blog site/Twitter feed worth following is http://dubcitybeta.wordpress.com/ – also an initiative of Dublin City Architects.