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Fingal County Council looking to build 449 new social homes

By | Industry News

Fingal County Council has lodged plans for two expansive social housing developments in North Dublin.

The county council is looking to build 449 new homes across Swords and Donabate.

The projects will cost around €99 million, with plans applied in the last month.

The largest residential development is hoped to be constructed in Swords.

At €60 million, the plan would deliver 274 homes in Mooretown – 187 houses and 87 duplex and apartment units.

Fingal Social Homes Credit: Fingal County Council

The largest residential development is hoped to be constructed in Swords — the €60 million project will build 274 homes. Credit: Credit: 3D Design Bureau

Ranging from two to five storeys, there will be 18 one-beds, 109 two-beds, 128 three-beds and 19 four-beds.

Fingal County Council also seeks the provision of Class 2 Open Space of 18,065 sq.m including riparian corridors and eight pocket parks with a total area of 2,950 sq.m.

New pedestrian and cycle connections are also planned to the west with 415 car parking spaces (357 residential and 58 short-stay) and 1,143 bicycle parking spaces (1,117 residential and 26 short-stay).

The Donabate development is smaller – costing €39 million for 175 homes.

It is proposed for a site on New Road with 123 houses and 52 apartments.

The houses will range part-one storey to two storeys in height – with 30 two-beds, 82 three-beds and 11 four-beds.

The 52 apartments will include 26 one-beds, 20 two-beds and six three-beds in a single block, from one to four storeys in height.

Fingal Social Homes. Credit: Fingal County Council

The Donabate development is smaller – costing €39 million for 175 homes. Credit: 3D Design Bureau

Private amenity spaces such as gardens, balconies and terraces will be provided for the homes.

A single-storey creche (with outdoor play area and external stores) is planned for residents.

The development will include two new multi-modal entrances as well as connections to existing or under-construction residential developments to the east and north of the site.

The project envisions 139 car parking spaces, four set-down bays as well as motorcycle and bicycle parking.

A public open space and a communal amenity space are in current plans.

Feature Image Credit: 3D Design Bureau

MCA Architects

Plans applied for new €190m film and TV studio in South Dublin

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Plans have been put forward for a brand new €190 million film and TV studio at Grange Castle Media Park in south Dublin.

Applicants Lens Media Ltd are seeking to construct a state-of-the-art stage and studio development on the 56-acre site in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

It will be known as ‘Dublin Fields’.

Plans include constructing six stage buildings, ranging in height between 20m and 23m and comprising 11 internal sound stages with overhead catwalks and two-storey production offices.

The combined floor space of these buildings will be around 35,187 square meters.

Another four buildings will work as workshops, varying in height from nine to 10.5 metres – these will include internal workshop areas, staff toilets and showers, ICT rooms, plant rooms, and switch rooms.

Building 4 will comprise a reception and three TV studios, each studio at 17.8 metres in flight. Spanning three floors, it will include a backstage shooting area, green rooms, hair and makeup rooms, production suites with ancillary offices, wardrobe and a laundry room.

On the ground floor, we will see technical support offices, both a vision and a lighting department, offices, sound control rooms, vision rooms, recording rooms and toilets.

Standard dressing rooms, post-production spaces, kitchen and crew area, toilets, mechanical/electrical room and technical office will be found on the first floor.

More star dressing rooms, TV post production, a lounge a kitchen and toilets will be on the second floor.

A single storey reception building will include guest holding areas, VIP and Guest service, security offices, staff toilets, showers and locker rooms.

A two-storey dining hall will feature indoor and outdoor dining areas, a kitchen, storage and mechanical rooms, toilets, and three meeting rooms on the ground floor. The first floor will offer office space and covered outdoor balconies. An ancillary 100-seat theatre will also be included in the building.

A standalone café will be constructed.

A three-storey car park will provide 438 car parking spaces, including 100 EV and 27 disabled spaces.

A vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian entrance will come from the new Grange Castle West Access Road, on the eastern boundary of the site.

Vehicular access will also be available at the southeastern corner of the site.

Lens Media, which is backed by Irish producer Alan Moloney (Siege of Jadotville and Brooklyn) and Oscar-nominated American Producer Gary Levinsohn (Saving Private Ryan), submitted plans to South Dublin City Council last month.

Feature Image Credit: MCA Architects