Phizzfest - Phibsborough Community & Arts Festival
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (We’ve Waited Years to Love) An exhibition of new ideas for living in Phibsborough, presented by Out.Post.Office | U.C.D. Architecture and Phizzfest | Reimagining Phibsborough, in collaboration with Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture. UCDArchitecture May 2nd – May 9th 2017 from 9am - 5pm (except Sunday) The Chocolate Factory, Dublin 1. This Must Be the Place (We’ve Waited Years to Love) is an exhibition and presentation of New Ideas for Living in Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The exhibition features new, exciting and creative architectural proposals for housing, public realm, the reuse of vacant buildings and a new stadium for Dalymount, the home of Bohemian FC. The work in this exhibition has been produced by Masters of Architecture students at University College Dublin and the School of Architecture and Engineering, Lucerne and is the result of a live-project partnership between UCD Architecture and Phizzfest | Reimagining Phibsborough. The designs are grounded in reality and they are imaginative, speculative and innovative. They are intended to be catalysts for and to stimulate discussion about this part of north Dublin city. The work has been funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under the auspices of the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation program 2009-2015. Marian Fitzpatrick of Phizzfest / Reimagining Phibsborough says: “This Must Be The Place” is another step on the way to identifying the possibilities for the restoration and regeneration of Phibsborough as a sustainable, vibrant, people-centred urban centre”. Featuring visionary architectural drawings and renderings and a variety of scaled models of many parts of Phibsborough made by a total of twenty nine students, visitors to the exhibition are also invited to “walk around” seven new proposals for Dalymount Stadium made by HSLU, Lucerne, using virtual reality headsets. Each day during the exhibition run, final-year MArch students from U.C.D. Architecture, (whose work in Phibsborough is ongoing and will conclude in June) will be on hand to share their work. You are encouraged to discuss and debate the work during your visit, offer your feedback and contribute to the further development of the design ideas as they unfold. Emmett Scanlon of UCD Architecture says: “We are delighted to have been able to connect the Out.Post. Office unit directly to an active, engaged and committed community group such as Phizzfest / Reimagining Phibsborough. We also very pleased to collaborate with students and colleagues from HSLU Lucerne. We offer the work produced by students as work of real value because while responding to reality, students are also free and unencumbered to use their design skills and architectural imaginations to further our understanding of people, place and possibility. The learning that happens by placing students in real-world scenarios working with local experts such as those in Phibsborough is immense and we invite people to visit the exhibition and discuss the work with the students, each of whom would appreciate your input and feedback as they work to concluding their projects in June.” This Must the Place (We’ve Waited Years to Love) – New Ideas for Living in Phibsborough runs at the Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1 from Tuesday May 2nd to Tuesday May 9th inclusive, from 9am to 5pm (except Sunday).
Phizzfest Reimagining Phibsborough Response to recently unveiled Plans for Phibsborough Shopping Centre Site We welcome the development of this run-down, long-neglected and strategic site as a significant step towards the transition of Phibsborough from a traffic-dominated deteriorating village to a people-centred high quality urban environment. Positive points of Design • provision of outdoor civic plaza in quiet space off main traffic arteries • building not pushing the limits in terms of height – all new buildings lower than existing tower with new blocks stepped and perpendicular to street to minimise overshadowing. • use of brick in new buildings facing civic plaza and in student accommodation respectful of existing Victorian and Edwardian architecture • provision of alternative new pedestrian and cycle route connecting NCR with Phibsborough Rd through new civic plaza • potential provision of new pedestrian and cycle route connecting Connaught St with civic plaza and NCR (subject to development of Dalymount by DCC) • bicycle parking at entrances to civic plaza • resurfacing and planting of boundary of carpark to front of centre • Multi-use mix of proposed brief should ensure animation 24/7- it’s not a mono use • Positive interface with Dalymount Park and servicing route to the rear Disappointed with • no provision of mixed-use residential accommodation • use of hideous anodised mesh to semi clad tower and antennae particularly inappropriate and unacceptable. • restrictions imposed by Tesco re car parks to the front and on the first floor of centre (the use of these cannot be changed which severely restricts potential for provision of high quality people centred urban space) We propose • that, as the Shopping Centre Tower is here to stay, rather than cladding it with the proposed gaudy cage-like structure, that it is instead treated like a conservation project, cleaning and insulating the concrete panelling, replacing the windows etc and designing a suitable ‘lid’ to hide the antennae. Restoring the architectural integrity of the tower, as if it was a protected structure, would transform it. There are precedents for this as you can see in the photo of the quite stunning restoration carried out on One Grand Canal St • that independent retail be included in the mix • that the provision of a pedestrian/cycle route from Connaught St to the Plaza and the NCR be kept live in all dealings with DCC We will be submitting an observation to DCC with the above points. The deadline for submitting observations is 8th May 2017.
PRESS RELEASE FROM MM CAPITAL RE PHIBSBOROUGH SHOPPING CENTRE "MM Capital lodges planning application to regenerate the heart of Phibsborough Proposed scheme to redevelop Phibsborough Shopping Centre site 2.8-acre redevelopment and refurbishment to incorporate retail, public space and student accommodation Development to be delivered over a 24-month timeframe Application and proposed development complies with the un-adopted 2015 draft Phibsborough Local Area Plan, and current City Development Plan Scheme to upgrade existing retail offering, develop new retail and commercial space and provide a civic plaza for the community Wednesday, 5th April 2017: MM Capital, an Irish real estate investment and development firm has announced it has lodged a planning application with Dublin City Council for the redevelopment and refurbishment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre. The site comprises 2.8 acres, with the proposal representing a €50 million investment. The target is to complete the proposals over a 24-month timeframe, including the upgrading and redevelopment of existing retail space and the provision of additional retail and commercial office space, along with a civic plaza for the local community. The plans will provide for a 340-bed student accommodation on the site. The overall site to be developed comprises an open strip mall of ground floor retail units, the former Tram Depot comprising mainly single-storey warehouse building, and the Tramway End, the former east terrace of Dalymount Stadium. The existing office building will be upgraded and refurbished as part of the development works. The existing Tesco Supermarket, Off License and Eddie Rockets are excluded from the proposals. The application and proposed development complies with the un-adopted 2015 draft Phibsborough Local Area Plan, and current City Development Plan. Subject to planning permission being granted, the Phibsborough Shopping Centre development will incorporate a new civic plaza for the local community, facilitating a potential new entrance-way to a redeveloped Dalymount Park, nearly 3,000 m2 of new retail space, upgrading of the existing 1,667 m2 of the existing retail offering, upgrading and redevelopment of over 3,700 m2 of existing office space and the provision of nearly 1,400 m2 of new commercial office for new tenants. A major 340-bed student accommodation building, with best in class design and operated by CRM Students forms part of the proposal. The appointed design and project management team includes Architects Donnelly Turpin, Brady Shipman Martin as planners, JJ Campbell structural engineers, METEC as mechanical and electrical engineers, NRB Consulting Engineers are handling road engineering and quantity surveying for the project will be delivered by Kelly O’Callaghan. MM Capital acquired the site with the support of AIB Real Estate Finance. Commenting on today’s announcement, Peter Leonard, Managing Director, MM Capital, “The development plans for Phibsborough Shopping Centre will create a vibrant public space and civic plaza for the local community and represent a unique opportunity to regenerate this centrally located site, contributing to the regeneration of the wider Phibsborough area. The development will revitalise the retail and commercial offering. We have worked closely and listened to the needs of the local community, and believe we have a high-quality design and a totally committed team to deliver our vision for Phibsborough”. The student accommodation element of the development is expected to open for the start of the 2019 academic term and will cater for an increasing number of third level institutions in the local area, including the DIT Grangegorman Campus and Dublin City University. A new cycle route is proposed as part of future provision to connect the North Circular Road and Connaught Street subject to agreement with the future Dalymount Park Redevelopment design. The site is Zoned Z4 under the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022. The objective of which the Plan states is to, ‘protect and improve mixed service facilities’ and is designated a Key District Centre, the top tier of urban centres outside Dublin City Centre. "
A lovely tribute by Bohemian Football Club at Dalymount Park to our friend Colin McGinley, who designed the image. A talented graphic designer, Colin also volunteered his skills for Phizzfest