Work Commences on Weaver Park
On June 24th outgoing Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh officially turned the sod of the new 5,000sqm Public Park on Cork St. The park has been designed By Áit in close collaboration with the local community and specialist stakeholder groups. Weaver Park will the first purpose built Public Park for the The Liberties area in over a century. The central heart of the Park layout is a lawn divided into a large lawn for games and activities and smaller raised lawn for sitting and reclining. Around this central area are arranged a Terrace onto Cork St., an enclosed Play Area, a Picnic space, a small Exercise space and perimeter zones with tree planting, mounding and play features. Whilst not incorporating a skate park the design of the park will be skate friendly with a skate-able features and edges incorporated into the design of paths, walls and terracing. The park is scheduled to open for Spring 2017.
Posted June 25th 2016
We have moved with Fumbally Exchange
Áit Urbanism + Landscape have relocated with the Fumbally Exchange to a new building at No. 5 Dame Lane in the heart of Dublin City Centre. The new Fumbally Exchange building is an old print works spread over four floors, it was until recently occupied by Eircom for back office activity. The new Fumbally Exchange premises will allow for significant expansion of the participant population The ground floor of building faces onto Dame Lane and will be retained as an event spaces for exhibitions, lectures and social events.
Posted Sep. 25th 2013
Portmarnock South Local Area Plan.
The DRAFT Portmarnock South LAP is now on Public Display. The LAP features a Green Infrastructure and Open Space Strategy prepared by Áit Urbanism + Landscape on behalf of Fingal County Council. The LAP represents a landscape and Green Infrastructure lead approach to urbanism and place making. Key features of the plan include interlinked archaeological sites, linear parks incorporating townland hedgerows, village square and a low impact/urban agriculture model for extensive open spaces. The strategy addresses in detail site specific habitat protection, hedgerow and ditch retention and wetland creation for SuDS.
The plan area adjoins the Baldoyle/Stapolin Plan Area and Baldoyle Estuary and the proposed open spaces form part of a single interconnected network of high quality estuarine landscape. Innovative management measures proposed include extensive grazing, semi-commercial agriculture and native grassland restoration.
Áit also provided urban design input on route network hierarchy, block structure and space making.
Posted Apr 10th 2013
Baldoyle/Stapolin Local Area Plan.
The DRAFT Baldoyle/Stapolin LAP is now on Public Display. The LAP features work by Áit Urbanism + Landscape including a Green Infrastructure and Open Space Strategy Plan drawing.
The plan proposes a Regional Park directly adjoining the Baldoyle Estuary an internationally important habitat for migratory birds. The park will function as a buffer area to the estuary and forms part of a larger network of coastal green spaces and greenroutes.
The park will also incorporate sports and play areas, stormwater wetlands, walking/jogging loops and terraces for overlooking the estuary.
Posted Feb 6th 2013
The Old Presbytery is now complete.
The Old Presbytery Funeral Home in Blanchardstown is now complete. Central to the client brief was providing a series of quiet zones and using water features for background noise.
The pedestrian approaches are paved in Kilkenny Blue Limestone. Gravel is used in less intensive areas. The hearse turning area is surfaced in exposed aggregate concrete. Semi mature trees and hedging has been used for immediate impact. Mixed beds of herbaceous perennials will provide colour and texture throughout the seasons. Cedar screening frames the main entrance and is used to protect the privacy of a neighbouring dwelling.
Posted Jan21st 2013
Fumbally Exchange Balbriggan is now open.
Fumbally Exchange Balbriggan opened its doors this week. Located on Railway Street (above The Brickyard Cafe) it is the first Fumbally Exchange to open outside of Dublin City Centre and is hoped will be the first of a national network. Fumbally Exchange Balbriggan has 16 workspaces half if which are already occupied. For more info visit www.fumballyexchange.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted June 26th 2012
Work has commenced on The Old Presbytery.
The Old Presbytery in Blanchardstown is being refurbished into a new a funeral home for Cunnighams Funeral Directors. Áit have designed the hard and soft landscape elements of the project; including quiet areas and water features. The project is due for completion in October 2012.
Posted May 2nd 2012
Balbriggan Plan nominated for Planning Award
The Balbriggan Public Realm Plan has been shortlisted in the National Planning Wards under the Public Participation category.
Awards are to be presented this afternoon at the Customs House by Ms Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Housing and Planning, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Organised by the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), the National Planning Awards aim to highlight the best examples of planning practice and to raise the standard of townscape design and planning awareness both within the public and private sectors.
The Balbriggan Public Realm Plan was prepared in collaboration with planners LOCI and Michael Cregan & Associates.
G.I. Strategies for Dublin City Council
Áit Urbanism + Landscape have been appointed as part of a team with Norton UDP and Mary Tubridy Associates to prepare a number of green infrastructure strategies.
The green infrastructure strategies will inform the making of local area plans for the Naas Rd and Georges Quay areas of the city.
The strategies are being undertaken as pilot projects and involve cross departmental collaboration and providing in-house CPD training.
Posted July 18th 2011
Waterford City Centre
The R680 Greenroute is currently on site. To date almost 2,000m2 of new paving has been laid. Sections of historic Carlow flag paving in front of City Hall and on Custom House Quay have been carefully restored. The Greenroute project adjoins the Viking Triangle and the recently renovated Bishop’s Palace.
Posted January 4th 2012
Daibhí Mac Domhnaill made a presentation on Green Infrastructure; innovation in urban space design at Design Dialogue.
The event was co-hosted by the Fumbally Exchange and the University of Ulster as part of the Innovation Dublin festival.
"Design Dialogue is a great opportunity to witness the success and experiences of other designers and to gain inspiration for future innovation and collaborations in design with our friends in Dublin," says Fiona McElroy University of Ulster.
Posted November 19th 2011
Heart of Balbriggan officially launched by Minister Reilly
On Tuesday evening last Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly officially launched the Balbriggan Public Realm Plan.
A large crowd of 80 or more turned out at Balbriggan Town Hall for the launch event.
Community groups, schools, local businesses and the public services were all well represented on the night.
Dr. Reilly concluded his speech with the affirmation; "We will restore the beat to the heart of this town".
Posted July 18th 2011
Áit are residents of Fumbally Exchange
Áit Urbanism + Landscape have taken up residence in Fumbally Exchange; a community of design-focussed small businesses, sole traders and start-ups located in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties.
Fumbally Exchange was officially launched by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore on June 29th.
Posted July 18th 2011
Daibhí Mac Domhnaill recently gave a presentation on Green Infrastructure at the National Planning Conference 2011 in Galway.
Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces, habitats and ecosystems within a defined geographic area. Green infrastructure conserves and enhances biodiversity, sustains clear air and water and provides multiple benefits to the community; such as recreation and visual amenity.
The emphasis in Green Infrastructure planning is on multi-functionality and delivering the maximum benefits to society; linking ecology with recreation, water management and sustainable transportation. Click here for the presentation slideshow.
Posted July 18th 2011
Balbriggan Public Realm Plan
Áit Urbanism + Landscape in collaboration with Loci and Michael Cregan have prepared a public realm plan for Balbriggan. The public realm plan is supported by Balbriggan Town Council, Fingal County Council, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Council.
A draft of the plan has been presented to the community at a public presentation in the Balbriggan Town Hall on Wednesday 23rd February 2011. Over 100 people attended to hear the project team outline draft strategies for short, medium and long term projects to enhance Balbriggan. Watch our public presentation of February 23rd on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVPAXkYU8Hk
Posted March 16th 2011
Abbeyleix Sustainable Community Plan
Áit Urbanism + Landscape in collaboration with Loci were appointed to prepare a Sustainable Community Plan for the town of Abbeyleix. The Sustainable Community Plan is a pilot project funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It is hoped the Sustainable Community Plan will provide a better practice template for greater community participation in plan making. The final draft of the plan has recently been adopted.
Posted July 18th 2011