1RNLI Boathouse and Railway Viaduct
Nestled under Balbriggans iconic viaduct, the newly refurbished and restored RNLI boathouse will be a focal point and attraction for this reimagined area. Up lighting of the viaducts and improved seating will complement uplift.
Up lighting of viaducts to be completed by the end of Q2-2022.
The lease with CIE on the RNLI Boathouse is in final negotiation. Tendering for upgrade works to the structure to commence in Q2 2022. Planning consent for change of use to café retail use expected in Q3 2022.
2Transform Quay Street, Harbour & Its Environs
A rejuvenated Quay Street and surrounding area, down to the former nightclub building (O’Shea’s), will be transformed into a multi-purpose, family friendly space. A bustling destination where people can meet, linger and enjoy the authentic experience of a small fishing harbour, nestled beside its sandy beach, stretching down to its beautifully restored lighthouse.
Update: Paul Keogh Architects, the appointed Integrated Design Team (IDT) for the re-imagined Quay Street & Harbour Area, continue to progress work, including engagement with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Public Consultation on the Part XI planning permission has commenced on 7th July 2022 and closes on the 19th August 2022 in advance of full planning permission being sought by Q4 2022, design plans for this area are currently on display and members of the public are invited to make observations and submissions during this period.
Works package to include seating, surfaces, lighting, storage, access, planting, signage, removal and upgrade in general amenities which will support fishing vessels, leisure boats and improve the general public amenity of the piers to make them more attractive to walkers and visitors.
Update: Tenders for minor works package was published in Q1 2022 and a contractor will be assigned in Q2 2022.
4Redevelop the Heart of Main Street – Green Corridor
The first phase of transformation will involve the removal of structures to reveal the Bracken River, opening up greenland and park space to the rear to create a new green corridor up to the edge of Bridge Street. This new family friendly, quality environment along with the development of new spaces will bring vibrancy, social and economic opportunities to the heart of Balbriggan.
Update: Minor upgrade works and preparatory site clearances commenced Q1.2022. Appointment of an Integrated Design Team for the project is expected in Q3 2022. Further upgrades, site clearances and phased works to commence Q4 2022.
52 – 4 Dublin Street
The development of artist studios with courtyard and performance space, adjoining a state-of-the-art Digital learning and maker space will strengthen the public, civic and creative heart of the town.
UPDATE: Paul Keogh Architects have been appointed as the Integrated Design Team (IDT) for Stage 1. Project initiation commenced in mid-January on the design and planning for the renovation of the buildings into artistic & creative studios, courtyard and digital & maker space hub. Public consultations and Part 8 Planning permission anticipated Q4 2022.
6Millpond Park – Green Corridor
Extensive landscaping, walk and cycleways, terrace, meadows, managed wetlands including consideration of a ‘new’ pond. The green corridor at the ‘heart’ of the town will extend from Stephenstown, following the River Bracken, through Millpond Park, creating a new street edge and park entrance on Bridge Street, flowing down to a transformed Quay Street, Viaducts and reimagined Harbour.
Update: The green corridor at the heart of the town will extend from Stephenstown following the River Bracken, through Millpond Park. The recent acquisition of 14 Bridge Street will facilitate the creation of a new park entrance on Bridge Street. This project is at concept stage with procurement of a design team anticipated to commence in 2023.
7Bremore Regional Park
The Bremore Regional Park Development Project, including The Balbriggan Sports and Recreational Hub, Central Zone Open Spaces, new Martello Park amenity, all ancillary infrastructure and Park Boundaries.
Update: Works have begun on the construction of the new full size public GAA pitch facility at Bremore Regional Park. In addition to the pitch, the works include provision of vehicular and pedestrian access and boundary fencing. The Parks & Green Infrastructure Division led project represents the first phase of the Balbriggan Sports and Recreational Hub. It is anticipated the construction works will be completed by late Summer this year. Following construction, the grass on the newly formed pitch will need to establish for 12 months before use to ensure the best outcome for future users of the new facility. Detailed design and procurement of the other main park infrastructure will follow in 2022/2023 and will be linked to the capital programme.
8Promenade & Coastal Improvements
A refurbished Martello Tower, boathouse and public baths area will bring heritage led revitalisation to this historic aspect of the town’s coastline. Construction of boardwalks, promenade, kiosks and seating will enhance the beach and banks improving all aspects of accessibility from the viaducts down to the refurbished boathouse.
Update: The rejuvenation of the Martello tower, boathouse and public baths area will bring heritage-led revitalization to this historic aspect of the town’s coastline. The project will link in with the Fingal Coastal Way Project and will enhance accessibility along the coast from the viaducts, the banks and the beach to the boathouse and harbour for all. A feasibility study for a tidal pool/public baths area will be issued in Q2 2022. Procurement of the design team anticipated 2023.
9Railway Street, Station & Plaza
A reinvigorated Railway Street, Station and Plaza will ensure better connectivity and flow between beach (new ramp), station and main street. Extensive streetscape improvements, signage, greening and public realm improvements will lead to more vibrancy and footfall in this historical, central part of the town.
Update: Extensive public realm improvements will ensure better connectivity and flow between the beach, station and Main Street. This project is at concept stage with procurement of a design team anticipated to commence in 2024.
This beautifully restored castle when opened fully will be a spectacular visitor attraction with walled gardens, restaurant, cafe and other premier attractions.
Update: Enhancement works to Bells Lane and adjoining areas are currently taking place which include new wall, railings and footpaths at Bells Lane. New gates at the main entrance to the castle car park will be completed in advance of Q2 2022.
11Fingal Coastal Way
Emerging preferred route being finalised with the next steps:
·Emerging preferred route Public Consultation Sept 2022
·Preferred Route Public Consultation 2023
·Planning Application 2024.
12HARRY REYNOLDS PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE SCHEME
Update: Advance tree planting has been undertaken with the main contract set to commence in Q4 2022 following the public tender process. It will take approximately 12-15 months to complete.
* Urban Regeneration Development Funds (URDF) – Central government funding in support of the national planning framework and national development plan 2018-2027. 25% of URDF ringfenced amounts will be match funded by Fingal County Council’s Capital Programme.