The District Centre is the heart of the new community of 25000 residents at Adamstown. Located on an 8 hectare site beside the new railway station, the District Centre is identified in the Adamstown Special Development Zone Masterplan as the principle focus for shopping, community and leisure activities. The plan allows for development of 25,000 Sqm of retail space, 23,000 Sqm of non-residential uses and over 700 new homes. Parking for up to 2400 cars is also permitted.
OMP were the Urban Design consultants employed by both the lead developer Castlethorn Construction and the local authority, South Dublin County Council to advise on the preparation of the SDZ Masterplan. Comprising co-ordination of Architects and respective design teams of the various plots of the new town centre and interface between the plot buildings and the urban district centre basement car park.
Following an international competitive interview process, Metropolitan Workshop were selected by Castlethorn Construction, the principle developer, to prepare a detailed urban design masterplan for the District Centre.
From the outset it was agreed that the retail layout should be based on open streets and not a covered mall. The Masterplan envisages a series of parallel pedestrian friendly shopping streets and cross streets linking a central square, located at the Rail Station, to civic spaces to the east and west. There are a series of distinct character areas proposed in the Masterplan and to encourage variety in the architectural treatment of the District Centre , it was agreed to appoint seven different architectural practices to design each of the sectors and landmark buildings that make up the District Centre precinct planning application. Metropolitan Workshop successfully prepared design guidance strategies that ensured orderly and controlled design solutions without stifling innovation and creativity.