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    • #709854
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      DOCKLANDS AUTHORITY CONSIDERING FLOATING MARINA AND SWIMMING POOL FOR RIVER LIFFEY

      The Docklands Authority has sought expressions of interest for consultancy services for the proposed development of a Floating Village Marina and Swimming Pool on the River Liffey. The proposal is still at an early stage of consideration and a specific location has not yet been decided.

      David Higgins, Director of Finance, explained that the planned project is part of the River Regeneration Strategy for Dublin Docklands. “In 2001 we introduced a water based regeneration strategy with the objective of maximising the amenity potential of the River Liffey. Already we have acquired the Jeanie Johnston; launched the Liffey Voyage and River Liffey Taxi service; developed the quayside areas and Dublin City Moorings; opened the Cill Airne restaurant, and held many river based events. We want to continue to attract visitors to the Docklands area and are actively considering the establishment of a floating marina and swimming pool as part of this process,” he said.

      The request for expressions of interest is broken into two sections:
      Engineering Design Services, including design, development and installation of the floating marina and swimming pool, and Business Consultancy Services, including an analysis of the project’s social and economic feasibility. Tenderers can provide submissions for both or either one of these services.

      Following the current ‘Expressions of Interest’ stage, it is envisaged that the project will proceed to ‘Invitation to Tender’ stage, with construction commencing in 2009. There will be full consultation with Dublin City Council, Dublin Port and the various community, business, conservation and environment interests in the Docklands area.

      The closing date for submissions of ‘Expressions of Interest’ is Friday 14 March 2008. Further information on the tender process is available on the Docklands Authority website – http://www.dublindocklands.ie

    • #797816
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Taken from the “New Liffey Bridge” thread

      @JuliusCaesar wrote:

      i believe St Anne’s on Dawson St is campaigning against having the Luas on Dawson St & is proposing that it should run down Merrion Square instead. The tinkling of the Luas would interfere with the church music.
      Anyway, as to bridges, why don’t they just pave over the Liffey – that damn river is just in the way!

      Doesnt take those fellows down in the DDDA long, does it? 😀

    • #797817
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Isn’t it great: they wreck the two basins on the north quays and now they want to create a basin for swimming in in the river itself. Possibly when they build this floating swimming pool they will get a rush to the head and fill it with rubble, wait till it goes mouldy and then build a theatre on it.

      Has anyone let them know that there is a word for floating swimming pool: _lido_, which I learned from the Phibsborough draft plan.

    • #797818
      admin
      Keymaster

      ah for God’s sake whats next, a giant fucking spinning top ?

    • #797819
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I dunno, a giant empty carton of Ribena? A giant inverted statue of King Frederick the third of Austria? A giant pile of money? A giant paving slab with a picture of a fisherman freeing the penguins at the zoo while eating a charcoal briquette?

      Theres no end to what the DDDA can come up with that will make us laugh then cry then laugh again.

    • #797820
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      i think it’s amusing that they don’t know where to put it

    • #797821
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Maybe its something like this in Copenhagen
      Known as the harbour baths
      I cant imagine there would be many suitable days in Ireland , weather wise
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    • #797822
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      how soon before we get the Liffey beach?

    • #797823
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Funny you mention that
      but i just happen to have a picture of a man made beach here in NY:D
      Long island City , Queens, complete with bar, bbq food and dj
      sorry dodgy camera phone work, i took it last summer/early autumn
      Got a mid summer pic somewhere also, but all the scantily clad babes may be a little too racy for archiseek…..:D
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    • #797824
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Surely it could only go in Grand Canal Dock ? It’s got a stable level (due to the locks) and ‘could’ be kept cleanish without debris floating through it a la the Liffey. A lot of local kids swim in it during the summer months as it is. Safety wise it’s got to be better than swimming about in the Liffey surely ?

    • #797825
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I think the problem the DDDA have with this is the phrase “a lot of local kids”.

    • #797826
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Not the worst idea they have come up with by far, I was on one of these floating complexes in Vienna in the summer. It was a large floating barge converted into a pub / night club with large out door swimming pool attached on an additional old boat. Sounds odd but was a great place to spend an hour or 2 in the very centre of a city. It was not located on the main Danube though just the man made section running through the centre.

      Main difference to Dublin was it was 37C degrees in Vienna – that is not going to happen in Dublin.

    • #797827
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I was just about to mention that one in Vienna – saw it last September myself (is it the one down by the old observatory building you’re on about?) and thought it would be great for the GCD area – not the liffey, way too whiffy in the summer

    • #797828
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      No shortage of hotwater from poolbeg.

    • #797829
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      There was a famous one in the Seine but it sank in the mid 90’s – now replaced at a cost of 15.5mill.
      See http://www.mairie13.paris.fr/mairie13/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=396
      paul h – I remember that one quite well, I overlooked it (froma distance) from my NY10021 apartment. The totty on the roofs below our building usually was considerable better.
      K
      currently gazing at sheep.

    • #797830
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      After they built the new sewage works at Poolbeg, what did they do with the ‘Bovril boat’? That would have some of the attributes of a floating swimming pool in the Liffey, but with a heritage and a recycling dimension!

    • #797831
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @KerryBog2 wrote:

      There was a famous one in the Seine but it sank in the mid 90’s – now replaced at a cost of 15.5mill.
      See http://www.mairie13.paris.fr/mairie13/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=396
      paul h – I remember that one quite well, I overlooked it (froma distance) from my NY10021 apartment. The totty on the roofs below our building usually was considerable better.
      K
      currently gazing at sheep.

      Sheep? suppose its better than leering at women thru binoculars:D
      10021? well excuse me… very nice, now was it ritzy west 10021 or east 10021?

    • #797832
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @Rory W wrote:

      I was just about to mention that one in Vienna – saw it last September myself (is it the one down by the old observatory building you’re on about?) and thought it would be great for the GCD area – not the liffey, way too whiffy in the summer

      Not so sure – it was bright orange if I remember correctly and sponsered by ING Bank, located right beside the ferry connection to Bratislava

    • #797833
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Well if ireland is too cold, Denmark is too cold too

    • #797834
      admin
      Keymaster

      PVC is concerned by this proposal not because it is a bad idea but because this type of gold plating of the docklands with trinkets seems to be the prime focus of DDDA of late.

      Lets look at more fundamental issues such as transport this so called model quarter has no link to the airport and only a tram line under construction serving the main rail hub.

      I would be a lot more confident in the future of Dublin if the DDDA stopped phaffing around with gimmicks such as this and started to lobby central government for the funds to get a proper underground rail link in.

      This project is the perfect symptom of why local govenrment in Dublin needs an upper tier such as the London Development Agency to ensure that funds are adequately focussed and priorities are viewed from a more integrated versus photo opportunity based approach.

    • #797835
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @paul h wrote:

      Sheep? suppose its better than leering at women thru binoculars:D
      10021? well excuse me… very nice, now was it ritzy west 10021 or east 10021?

      Would I? 😮 I was on East 79th, (79th & 1st). Got out at the right time, 😀
      K.

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