By Rachel Cunningham
Representatives from Imagine Dundrum have expressed concern over potentially imminent development plans that could lead to significant changes to Dundrum Town Centre and the surrounding area.
Property giant Hammerson co-owns Dundrum Town Centre with joint venture partner Allianz and its website outlines plans for Dundrum that they claim will move the area “beyond pure retail, into truly-mixed use town centre”.
Stan McHugh, a member of Dundrum’s not-for-profit organisation, has cautioned that these plans could “change the face of Dundrum village forever.” Formed in 2016 when a number of local volunteers came together in an effort to reverse the decline of the village, ‘Imagine Dundrum’ is firmly of the belief that the area should not be redeveloped and changed without substantial community involvement in the planning processes.
It has brought its ideas to a series of meetings, from residents’’associations, local businesses and organisations, local councillors and to Hammerson representatives. Having engaged with the developer over the last number of years, Imagine Dundrum recently reached out to Hammerson, in the hope of continuing talks on the future of the local area.
As Imagine Dundrum have yet to receive a response, Dublin Gazette got in touch with Hammerson, asking for further information on its development plans and whether its team intends to further communicate with Imagine Dundrum.
Anthony Tshibangy, Corporate Communications and Relations Manager, explained: “Hammerson’s plans for its residential-led scheme for the land adjacent to Dundrum Town Centre are currently in the pre-application phases and we look forward to sharing more detail in due course.
“The development approach is guided by Hammerson’s core principles of sustainability, quality design, place-making, community and respect for local heritage. Hammerson continues to have ongoing engagement with stakeholders.”
Among Hammerson’s plans is “The Podium at Dundrum”, which will see “the top level of an underused car-park turned into over 100 best-in-class apartments which will be managed on a long-term rental basis. The scheme will provide a generous level of dedicated on-site resident amenities including a co-working space at ground floor level, a gym, cinema room, and lounge and terrace at the upper levels.”
Hammerson and Allianz also own a six-acre site adjacent to Dundrum Town Centre, which they intend to develop. Its website claims: “The plans are at an early stage, but will be a residential-led mixed-use neighbourhood to complement the existing retail and leisure offering at Dundrum Town Centre.”