Plans underway for public space in Ireland's largest urban makeover project

A major new public space is being planned as part of an ongoing renewal programme near Dublin.

The regeneration of Ballymun is the largest urban makeover project in Ireland - and landscape architecture practice Rummey Design Associates has been appointed for part of the scheme.

In addition to developing a landscape strategy for a greenfield site, called the M50 lands, Rummey Design Associates is also planning the Ballymun Plaza, which will become an event space, with its own Metro station.

The strategy for the M50 lands includes the creation of gateways and entrances, and the incorporation of swales to improve biodiversity and make ecological connec- tions with Ballymun.

Proposals for the Plaza include a glass entrance to the Metro station and a sculptural water block rising from the ground and framing the southern end of the square.

Planting is planned to provide a strong framework for the square and is intended to assist in enclosing the space.

Rummey has already been involved in the renewal of the area - which is being led by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd (BRL) - through its work on Coultry Park, the first phase of which opened in 2005.

BRL managing director Ciaran Murray said: "The decision of the Railway Procurement Agency to run the Metro through Ballymun is a fantastic boost for the area. The journey to the city centre will only be about 15 minutes and will bring a lot of people here."

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