No change to DCC’s Dalymount Park Plan

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin City Council would like to clarify that, contrary to some media reports in recent days, there has been no change in the preferred and planned redevelopment of Dalymount Park into a 6,000 seater facility with ancillary community facilities. 

DCC stated: “The project is at an important juncture where the appointed design team of IDOM/Gilroy MacMahon is close to completing the preliminary design and an order of magnitude will be provided in the coming weeks. Underground investigations will be conducted on site also.

“Once this information is available, the design team will have a good understanding of the substructures that are required and the quantity surveyor will be able to provide accurate costings for the proposed design by the end of June. A decision will be made whether to proceed with the current design or alternatively, a value engineering exercise will be completed which could potentially lead to some redesign. 

“All stakeholders have always been aware, in light of ongoing inflationary pressures, that should costs escalate to an unsustainable level there would need to be alternative options on the historic site. The demolition of the disused Connaught St Stand is currently out to tender which follows the demolition of the Des Kelly Stand.

DCC is still fully committed to a redeveloped Dalymount Park and will continue to work with all stakeholders including local councillors, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht & Sport; Bohemian FC, Phibsboro community and the FAI to provide a municipal stadium at Dalymount Park. In respect of Tolka Park, negotiations are ongoing with Shelbourne FC to acquire the site from DCC on a cost recovery basis.

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