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Phibsborough / Mountjoy Lap

In 2006, Dublin City Council commissioned a multi-disciplinary team led by PKA to prepare a framework plan for the Phibsborough / Mountjoy area of the city. Following consultations with community and local stakeholders, the elected members decided to expand the scope of the framework into a full statutory Local Area Plan.

Phibsborough is one of Dublin's oldest and best known neighbourhoods. It is an important local centre, and a focal point for established residential communities. It is also home to institutions of national significance, such as Mountjoy Prison, the Mater Hospital, and Dalymount Park.

The City Council's brief focused on planning for the area's long-term development, with quality transport, amenities and services, underpinned by sustainable densities, for established and emerging communities in the area.

PKA's approach maximised opportunities within the 177 ha site presented to establish Phibsborough as a truly sustainable neighbourhood, along the lines advocated by the Urban Task Force, the National Economic and Social Council, and Dublin City Council.

The plan was formally approved by the elected members of the City Council in October 2008, becoming the first LAP to be adopted in Dublin. It now forms the primary statutory planning document for future development in the area.

The plan, developed in association with John Spain & Associates and the City Council, won the prestigious Planning Achievement Award at the 2010 Irish Planning Institutes's national planning awards. It was particularly applauded for its success in engaging the local community and elected members in th production of the plan. 

Client: Dublin City Council
Value: N.A.

Size: 177 hectares

Reference: Ms. Mary Conway, Deputy Planning Officer, Dublin City Council
Design: 2007
Completion: 2008