Water jets, benches and cycle paths - plans for College Green revealed
Dublin City Council (DCC) has revealed its plans for College Green with benches, water jets and trees to be the focus points.
The new design for College Green will allow it to act as a civic space in the heart of Dublin.
This new pedestrian priority space will have a 7,300 square metre area for people to enjoy in the heart of the city centre.
The area will be tree lined and will be designed to facilitate public gatherings and processional events through the city.
It has the capacity to accommodate up to 15,000 people and will be fully equipped with the infrastructure required to stage large public events.
DCC said that in order to enhance the views of the historic buildings and optimise the space for public events, the existing trees will be removed and 22 new trees will be planted.
The existing Henry Grattan and Thomas Davis monuments will be restored and retained as key focal points on an axis with the gates of Trinity College.
There will also be 32 individual water jets which will be controlled depending on the seasons and events taking place at College Green.
The new area will have a defined cycle route to allow cyclists through the city.
There will be a new turning circle for buses at the western approach to the space and taxi ranks currently in the College Green area will be relocated to adjacent streets.
There will be two-way traffic routes for taxis, buses and the new Luas Cross City running in a north-south direction around the front of Trinity College.
Dublin City Council will submit the project to An Bord Pleanála for consideration later this month. Subject to planning permission, construction of the College Green civic space is scheduled to commence in January 2018 following a public tender process and will take a year to complete.
Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan said that the proposed design for College Green was shaped following extensive consultation with the public and stakeholders: “The clear preference was for a pedestrian and cycle friendly open space. This College Green project is a unique opportunity for Dublin to reclaim an urban space of prime civic importance and of national and international significance.”
The new area was designed by Dixon Jones/Paul Keogh Architects, working closely with Dublin City Council.