Sunday 22 July 2018

Plan for 12,000-seat stadium to replace Dublin's Richmond Park now includes 500 new homes

Artist’s impression of Richmond Arena Stobart
Artist’s impression of Richmond Arena Stobart
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

St Patrick's Athletic football club has submitted a proposal to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Dublin City Council to deliver 500 new homes alongside its development of a new 12,000-seat stadium to replace Richmond Park.

While the club's plan for a new stadium has been in train for some time, the proposal has now been broadened to include hundreds of apartments as part of a wider mixed-use regeneration of Inchicore.

Should the scheme get the go-ahead, 50pc of the new homes would be designated as social and affordable. In a letter to the housing minister and his officials sent last Thursday, St Patrick's Athletic's owner Garrett Kelleher and the club's president, Tom O'Mahony, gave a detailed description of their proposals for Richmond Park and the long-neglected St Michael's housing estate as part of plans for a new town centre comprising a mix of retail, leisure and community facilities.

The club's communication with the Department of Housing and Dublin City Council follows on from a presentation it delivered along with its advisers from the Cluid Housing association and BNP Paribas Real Estate to Mr Murphy on June 20 last.

In the letter, a copy of which has been seen by the Irish Independent, the St Patrick's Athletic consortium proposes the agreement of a land swap with Dublin City Council to allow for the development of the new stadium.

The 12,000-seat Richmond Arena would be built above a new shopping centre incorporating retail, a community centre, public library, theatre, and a multi-screen cinema complex.

While the idea of a stadium being built above a shopping centre may seem unusual, it isn't uncommon in Europe.

The Richmond Arena's designer, David Mizrahi, from Swiss hospitality and retail services group HRS, designed a similar facility for FC St Gallen in Switzerland. The consortium proposes the construction of 220 apartments on the existing Richmond Park football grounds, and the delivery of a further 291 apartments on the lands now known as the St Michael's Estate.

Separately, property agents CBRE released figures yesterday showing that 66 development land sales carrying a combined value of €400m were conducted in the six months to the end of June.

The figures represent an uplift on the same period in 2017 when 50 transactions totalling almost €269m completed.

Irish Independent

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