Sandymount Strand in Dublin; Green Party MEP Ciaran Cuffe; David Browne, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Building on Dublin’s Sandymount Strand and the Tolka Estuary could provide enough homes for 150,000 people, the president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has said.

David Browne, a director of RKD Architects, said the beach and estuary lands should be reclaimed from the sea for dense, sustainable apartment neighbourhoods, which would provide affordable homes over the next 50 years.

Reclaim Sandymount Strand for apartments, says architect (Olivia Kelly, The Irish Times)

Abercrombie’s new town plan for Dublin (Olivia Kelly, The Irish Times)

Dublin MEP Ciaran Cuffe thinks it could be damaging to the environment.

“I think it’s very controversial,” said Mr Cuffe. “Personally, I don’t think it’s viable. It involves building in the Dublin Bay biosphere which was a Unesco designation a few years ago.”

Green MEP says building homes on reclaimed land in Dublin Bay is not viable (Irish Examiner)

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20 thoughts on “Strand Off

  1. Zaccone

    Its a fantastic idea. Dublin is crying out for more centrally located accommodation, especially high density accom like this would provide.

    150k people housed in centrally located, high density units, would take so much pressure out of the suburbs. Instead of 3-5 young professionals renting house shares they’d be living in these apartments. And instead of driving to work they could walk or cycle.

    The Tolka estuary should be easier to do of the two I’d imagine, politically/cost wise anyway. That should go ahead initially.

  2. Treasa

    Distraction, land supply is not, and has not been, the issue. The issue is that the government are unwilling to solve the crisis because they have too many vested interest in rental prices being inflated.

    1. Spud

      yep, total distraction.
      Go speed up to process to build on the Irish Glass Bottle Plant land ffs!
      It’s been there idle for years.

  3. Chris

    This will never happen because of vested interests- it’s a shame because Sandymount strand in particular is an eyesore, I wouldnt miss it.

  4. Medium Sized C

    Sustainable apartment neighbourhoods……

    Architecture is a fecking toilet these days.

  5. Mr.Fart

    the first 3 floors would be inhabited by a strange hybrid of aqua humans in 30 years time. anyway, if they did go ahead with this, the government wouldn’t get involved, they’d leave it to the private market as usual, so they’d all be luxury (expensive) apartments.

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  6. garrett

    Green Councillor Ciaran Cuffe says we have to plan for the future as sea levels are rising.
    “Sea levels are rising year on year and if we don’t do something now, a lot of people are going to get their feet wet”

    Sums up how clueless the Green Party really are.
    Soundbytes, bs,

    1. Cathal

      Cuffe really wants the sea levels to rise and drown as many people and animals as possible, the Green party hate humanity and will attempt to destroy it.

  7. Pat Harding

    The sad reality is that the Poolbeg peninsula could and should be an amazing place, but alas it’s a dump. The incinerator should never have been built there, the waterworks cannot cope for the number of households that use it (a new one with greater capacity could and should be built up the coast.) Then there’s the mad attachment to a couple of ugly chimnies (one built in the 60’s the other in the ’70s) which have served their purpose. But sadly, there’s no talking sense to people with no imagination or understanding of aesthetics. The consequence Poolbeg will remain a dump, and whatever will be built on the glass bottle site will be as ugly as the chimney complex?

    If a camel is a horse designed by a committee then Poolbeg (in its current state) is a monument to ignorance, ugliness, lazy and incompetence…

    So if the Tolka estuary or “Uglymount Strand” ever get built on (which I sincerely doubt) don’t expect anything tasteful, original or beautiful….

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