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Heuston Gate Redevelopment

In 2001, PKA was commissioned by the Office of Public Works as consultant architects for the OPW’s major urban renewal project at Military Road Kilmainham.

The development is intended to form a new mixed-use quarter adjoining the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Designed around a range of established design principles, it pays particular respect for the strategic position of the site within the city, and the considerable historic importance of the location.

PKA’s masterplan aims to advance the regeneration of this part of the city; by creating an attractive streetscape, active ground level uses and a vibrant urban environment. It also proposes a new pedestrian link between Kilmainham Gaol, Collins Barracks, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Heuston Station.

In addition to restoration of the existing protected structures and monuments on the site, the scheme includes a total of fourteen individual buildings, combining work, living, leisure and commercial uses. The development also contains proposals for Dublin’s tallest structure - PKA’s 32 storey residential tower - with a roof-top publicly accessible observation deck.

Planning approval was obtained in 2005, and construction is scheduled to be phased over ten years. Both Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanala’s approvals particularly cited the quality of PKA’s architecture and urban design as grounds for the grant of planning permission for the development.

Client: Office of Public Works

Value: €120,000,000

Size: 2.8 hectares

Reference: Ms. Angela Rolfe, Deputy Principal Architect, OPW.
Design: 2003
Completion: 2015