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"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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21.06.2018O’Devaney Gardens Regeneration




Dublin City Council has recently signed a contract with PJ.Carey (Contractors) Limited to build 56 new homes at O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin 7. Construction work will start in July and it is planned to be complete by early 2020. This work represents the first phase of the re-development of the wider O’Devaney Gardens site.

The scheme has been designed in-house by Dublin City Architects in conjunction with Waterman-Moylan Consulting Engineers.  The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government instructed DCC to develop detail design and tender documents in 2017, working off the planning permission granted in 2010 by An Bord Pleanála. Tender documents were issued in February 2018. The homes are arranged in two blocks: one block comprising a terrace of 14 two-storey houses and a second three-to-four storey block comprising a combination of apartments, duplex units and three-storey houses organised around a shared private landscaped courtyard.  The majority of the dwellings will be 2-bedroom units, with a significant percentage of 3-bedroom units also provided. All apartments will have private terraces as well as access to the courtyard.

The buildings have been designed for durability with a focus on robust, high quality materials such as brick, zinc roofs and a high performance triple glazed window system.  The public realm will be an important part of integrating the redevelopment with the surrounding district and ensuring that public spaces offer a safe and welcoming experience. The new streets within the scheme have been designed with care and include extensive planting of semi-mature trees.

All Dwellings will achieve a BER of A3 or better and Dublin City Council will be seeking Home Performance Index (HPI) Certification for the dwellings on completion. The HPI measures quality sustainable residential development and is co-ordinated by the Irish Green Building Council. Certification provides residents with the assurance that their homes have been designed and constructed with care to ensure low running costs, enhance occupant well-being and minimise environmental impact.

Dublin City Council has sought expressions of interest from businesses for the re-development of the remainder of the site, and is currently working through the process of seeking a suitable candidate for this.


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