Clancy Quay – a new urban village for Dublin
HKR has completed a regeneration project on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.
This new 98,643m2 development has transformed a military base to a residential-led mixed-use scheme including retail units, cultural uses, a pharmacy, community centre, leisure centre and a 15-storey hotel. The project provides 736 apartments in 33 buildings, both retained and new-build.
The scheme was designed to be constructed in three phases. Phase 1 forms the river frontage to the site, with seven to nine-storey finger blocks arranged with open landscaped courtyards. An additional ten blocks complete the ensemble back to the South Circular Road.
Each building has its own identity in terms of scale, mass, and material and the overall scheme is brought together by creating a permeable site where pedestrian access is at ground level while vehicular access is concealed from view in the two-storey basement below.
HKR has created a series of plazas which are interconnected by a primary central pedestrian route running north to south. This route leads through to the formal Cambridge Square flanked by low rise two-storey renovated buildings to the more fluid Ordnance Square, envisaged as a cultural market plaza nearer the river, which supports local outdoor activities.
The new boardwalk connects the entire river front to the North of the site, with coffee shops, bars and restaurants opening onto this promenade. In the longer term, the objective is that the boardwalk will be connected to Heuston Station and to the City beyond via the recently constructed boardwalks which line the River Liffey towards the Dublin City Centre.
Following the granting of planning permission, HKR was novated to the design and build construction team to complete the construction information and site supervision services.
Four forms of construction were used, each driven by programme and sequencing, from traditional reinforced concrete to lightweight steel. The mix of materials includes Jura beige German limestone; Western red cedar, aluminium cladding and Trespa composite rainscreen.
Barry Reynolds, director of HKR said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this project. We have respected the listed and historic buildings on the site while creating modern buildings that complement the older ones and create a really interesting urban village. The project involved a wide range of techniques, from archaeological investigations to modern methods of construction. They are all within our compass at HKR, which is why this project has been so successful.”