Adamstown is a sustainable new community on the western edge of Dublin City.  In 1997, OMP were appointed by developers Castlethorn Construction as Urban Design Masterplanning Consultants for a 214 hectare / 500 acre un-zoned Greenfield site at the farthest edges of low density suburbia. Following an immensely successful collaboration between three development companies and the Local Authority, South Dublin County Council, the first principle phases of a new town are complete and a detailed statutory Masterplan is in place to guide the future development of Adamstown.

Adamstown is designed to accommodate 25,000 to 30,000 residents with the final Masterplan dividing  Adamstown into 11 neighbourhoods and 4 amenity areas. A minimum of 8250 dwellings to a maximum of 10150 dwellings are permitted in the planning scheme. A maximum of 125000sq ms of non-residential development is envisaged. The new town is composed of a hierarchy of district and local centres and a series of small local nodes. Streets and squares around the train station comprise the principal Town Centre at the southern boundary with two smaller Village Centres in the north east and north west of the site. Schools are located close to the Town and Village Centres which in turn are situated beside the three principle public parks in Adamstown. A detailed phasing of development is written into the Planning Scheme to ensure orderly and incremental roll out of social and community facilities in tandem with residential and commercial development.  also envisaged.

Adamstown Residential

Following completion of the Masterplan OMP were appointed on a number of residential phases of development at Adamstown . This first phase of development in Adamstown, Adamstown Castle, includes 650 units at a density of approx. 45 units per hectare/ 18 units per acre and constitutes one of the principle gateways to Adamstown from the east. Being a gateway , quality and innovative design was seen as essential in setting the standard for future phases and defining a benchmark against which subsequent development could be judged. The planning of the neighbourhood is distinctly different from adjacent low density housing estates, with a recognisable  hierarchy of main streets, side streets and  courtyards, with landscaped pocket parks and children’s play areas and with quality landmark buildings and distinctive terraces offering a wide and diverse range of dwelling  design, type, size and layout.

Adamstown Square 1 was the next phase of housing to be designed and delivered by OMP . Situated close to the Adamstown rail Station, the development for 405 dwellings adjoins the first of three principle education campuses proposed for Adamstown. Two primary schools and one Secondary school are now in operation as is the first Neighbourhood Centre which includes shops, a crèche and sheltered housing. The 2008 property crash saw work suspended at Adamstown . However OMP have recently designed the latest stage of development at Adamstown Square 3 comprising an innovative high density family housing scheme for 156 dwellings which addresses the issues of affordability, market demand and sustainable design.

Adamstown District Centre

Masterplanned by Metropolitan Workshop , the District Centre is the commercial heart of Adamstown located beside the new Railway Station . The plan proposes development of 25,000 Sqm of retail space, 23,000 Sqm of non-residential uses and over 700 new homes. 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. OMP were nominated as one of the seven design practices and prepared plans for the Station Quarter as well as co ordinating the design inputs of the other six participants. The design includes over 4340 Sqms of retail space, 486 Sqm of commercial space and 187 apartments and houses. The Station Quarter, incorporating the Station Concourse and the Station Podium, is the largest plot within the District Centre. It comprises a covered Concourse that functions as the principle access and egress point for the rail station at the upper level and the Civic Square at the lower level. The site also forms the southern edges of West Street and East Street and extensive frontage along Station Road. OMP were also appointed as designers for the extensive podium car park accommodating 2400 vehicles and were the design consultants for the new railway station.

Portrait of author John O'Mahony

TEXT BY: JOHN O'MAHONY

Author: John O'Mahony

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