The construction of nearly 600 new apartments has begun at the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, Dublin 4.
Phase 1 of the €140m Apartment Developments plan, submitted by a consortium of Ronan Group Real Estate, Lioncor Development, Oaktree Capital Ireland Ltd and Pembroke Beach DAC, kicked off in late May.
This phase of the ‘Pembroke Quarter’ plan will see the building of the mixed commercial and residential Blocks K, M and O on a site of 15.3 hectares (adjacent to Sean Moore Road and Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA club).
With 570 apartments in total, there are set to be 83 three-beds, 277 two-beds, 177 one-beds and 33 studio apartments.
While the majority will be privately owned or build-to-rent units, one-quarter of these units have been allocated for social and affordable housing.
Blocks K, M and O are set to be built over a single-storey basement and consist of four buildings in total (Block M will comprise of two separate structures: a larger block and a smaller townhouse block).
A commercial element is also included with Block K to provide a childcare facility, two retail units and a café restaurant on the ground floor.
The site will provide 916 bicycle parking spaces and 166 car parking spaces.
As the first phase of the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme, this construction begins the development of the ‘new suburb’.
The consortium is looking to transform the dockland site which has remained vacant since the glass bottle factory’s closure in 2002.
The project hopes to deliver around 3,800 homes in total as well as 1 million square feet of commercial space, community amenities, schools, parks and open space.
‘Our ambition is to transform the former brownfield lands into a vibrant, integrated urban neighbourhood within walking distance of Dublin city centre; a new city quarter at Dublin Bay,’ the Ronan Group website reads.
While Dublin City Council approved Phase One in March of last year, subsequent phases of the project will be subject to their own separate planning applications.
Planners expect that the development in total will take about a decade to complete.
Feature image credit: Henry J Lyons Architects