Dublin Bus has reopened the historic Broadstone depot following a €15m restoration project at the 175-year-old premises.
The site in Phibsboro will now serve as a bus fleet maintenance facility for the capital, with provision made for future vehicle specs including electric vehicles.
In addition the depot also has the ability to cater for hydrogen vehicles if required as other countries turn to this mode of transport.
The facility brings to eight the number of operational Dublin Bus depots with the capacity for up to 120 buses and 300 employees.
The depot is located within a larger Broadstone transport hub that provides direct employment to 1,500 people.
Dublin Bus, as Ireland’s largest public transport service provider, carried 142million passengers in 2019.
The redevelopment of Broadstone Depot is a part of the company’s long-term growth strategy in preparing for the future and working to create a more sustainable European capital city.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “As we transition towards a cleaner and greener urban bus fleet, Broadstone Depot will be home to these new, low emission buses.
“It is fitting that this historic depot will play a role in maintaining these vehicles which will have a positive environmental impact for the communities which they serve. The fact that the depot is equipped to manage future vehicles specifications means it is ready to support Dublin’s shift towards a more sustainable public transport service.”
Ray Coyne, Chief Executive of Dublin Bus, said: “I am delighted that Dublin Bus is investing over €15 million in Dublin’s transport future. Broadstone Depot is owned by future generations and we’ve been careful to preserve it and bring it back to life for the purpose it was built.”
Significant care and attention was given by Dublin Bus to preserve Broadstone Depot and every restoration detail has been considered by working closely with conservation architects to ensure the restoration at the transport hub adds to the long industrial and transport history.
The use of natural materials, where possible, and reuse and restoration of existing structures such as the old overhead gantry cranes and the original cast iron structure helped reduce the carbon footprint.
In consultation with Phibsboro Village Tidy Towns and Dublin Swift Conservation Group, and with funding from the Community Environment Action Fund (Local Agenda 21) of Dublin City Council, Dublin Bus has incorporated swift nesting boxes onto the site, the first semi-state in Ireland to do so, to help preserve and expand the swift population.