Friday 13 February 2009

Adamstown wins planning award

NEWTOWN: ADAMSTOWN, THE new neighbourhood being built by Joe O'Reilly's Castlethorn Construction on the west side of Dublin, has won a “Sustainable Communities” award from the UK’s Royal Town Planning Institute.

It was the only non-UK project to pick up a prize at the annual awards ceremony, and was entered by South Dublin County Council and Chartridge, the developers (comprising Castlethorn Construction, Maplewood Homes and Tierra Construction).

The award recognises that Adamstown has been properly planned and balances living accommodation with infrastructure, such as shops, cinema, train station, swimming pool, library, health centres, restaurants, schools, mixed places of worship and parks, among other facilities.

Adamstown is Ireland’s first Strategic Development Zone, which means that the construction of homes runs in tandem with such facilities. The judges praised the design and layout of Adamstown for its “modern vernacular” and said it would be a “model for development elsewhere”.

It is taking 10 years to build and eventually 30,000 people are expected to live in the town which is 16kms west of Dublin, making it of a similar size, population wise, to Drogheda and Dundalk.

Already 1,000 homes have been built, housing around 3,000 people. This year will see the completion of a secondary school and the upgrading of tracks to enable more daily trains to and from Adamstown Station.

This summer work will start on Adamstown Central, on which seven high-profile architectural practices have worked together to create a classic town centre with shops, cinema, restaurants and so on in a mix of designs that fit into an overall framework designed by Metropolitan Workshop.

Irish Times

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