First sod turned on the new Baldoyle Community Centre 

by Rose Barrett
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The first sod was turned on the new Baldoyle Community Centre. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, accompanied the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, and the Director of Housing & Community Development, Paul Carroll, performed the ceremony at the site in Racecourse Park.

The spectacular new circular building has been designed by an Integrated Design Team led by Henchion Reuter Architects and including Roughan O’Donovan Engineers, Matt O’Mahoney Associates, Walsh Associates Quantity Surveyors and Dermot Foley Landscape Architects.

The new centre will cost €10m and is being completely funded by FCCl through its Community Development and Parks and Green Infrastructure Departments. It is expected to take 18 months to complete and is being built by Vision Contracting who are currently nearing the completion of the Meakstown Community Centre in Dublin 11.

Baldoyle Community Centre 3D view from ground level

Mayor Henchy, said, “I’m delighted we are beginning the construction phase of what will be a truly wonderful facility that will cater for a wide range of community, recreational, education and sporting activities in the area. The local area councillors have worked alongside the community and the Council to get this project to site and everybody is really looking forward to it being delivered.”

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly, said, “Baldoyle is an emerging town that has witnessed significant  population growth since 2006. This project reflects our commitment to enhancing the lives of current and future residents of Baldoyle. We believe this community centre, when completed, will quickly become a hub for activities and services that cater to all ages and abilities.”

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy (centre), was joined by all the members of the Howth Malahide Area Committee for the Baldoyle Community Centre sod-turning. They were (from left): Cllr Jimmy Guerin, Cllr Joan Hopkins, Cllr Brian McDonagh, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Cllr Aoibhinn Tormey, Cllr Anthony Lavin and Cllr David Healy.
Photo by Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

When constructed the Baldoyle Community Centre will prioritise sustainability and accessibility and will have a green roof and rain-garden to promote biodiversity and ecology. The circular design will minimise visual disruption to the surrounding area and there will be ample bike parking, plenty of accesible parking and electric vehicle charging points.

The central sports hall will have three courts and the overall complex will have four multi-purpose community rooms as well as externally accessible sports rooms for use by the likes of Baldoyle Utd FC, Na Dubh Ghall GAA Club and Suttonians Rugby Football Club who use pitches in Racecourse Park.

Photo by Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

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