Fresh look for Meath Street as new designs unveiled

by Gazette Reporter

A new look for Meath Street is on the cards as Dublin City Council forges ahead with design work for the scheme.

The project is the latest in a series of public realm projects to transform the streets and spaces in The Liberties, according to DCC.

Its Meath Street Public Realm Project was initiated in 2018 and the early process included public meetings with businesses and residents of the area.

Meetings aimed to tease out the issues of concern and gain feedback for solutions around traffic management, parking, the look of the street and the potential new uses that might be encouraged.

That led to a concept plan for the street – famed for its street traders – which was completed in summer 2019.

The council says the objective was to incorporate the ideas gain from the community as well as some of the wider policy objectives for the street.

Features include:

  • Wider pavements allowing for a wider range of street uses
  • Formalising market activity and providing infrastructure for a regular street market
  • Adding planting and landscaping and making provision for street furniture
  • Rebalancing traffic, parking and loading to create a more people-centric street
  • Improving the streetscape, shopfronts and businesses

This led to a concept plan for the street, which was completed in summer 2019.

Last summer, a design was created to develop the concept that could be submitted to elected councillors for Part 8 planning approval.

Haslem & Co Architects were engaged to develop the preliminary design with Dublin City Council Roads Design Section.

This process included surveying the street and working on issues such as traffic management, drainage and services, utilities, landscaping potential and conservation and archaeological constraints.

The design team will create a formal proposal for the street later this year.

An informal consultation has also been planned with local businesses and residents to gain their views on the development of the project.

The design team will create a formal proposal for the street later this year.

An informal consultation has also been planned with local businesses and residents to gain their views on the development of the project.

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