Dalymount Park redevelopment progresses



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IDOM to design new Dublin stadium Dalymount Park Image: IDOM

Detailed design is underway on the Dalymount Park redevelopment project in Ireland after a formal planning application was submitted by Dublin City Council.

A design team formed by IDOM and Gilroy McMahon Architects has prepared proposals for the new c.8,000 capacity stadium and the regeneration of the area in North Dublin where the stadium is situated.

Dalymount Park is home to Bohemian FC who play in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland and will also become home to Shelbourne FC once the works are completed.

The redevelopment of this significant site, well rooted in Irish football history, signifies a crucial juncture for both the city and its sporting community, IDOM said.

IDOM to design new Dublin stadium Dalymount ParkImage: IDOM

The current facility, although steeped in tradition, is no longer fit for purpose, and will be demolished to make way for the new four-sided stadium, which also includes the re-orientation of the pitch.

Dalymount Park is one of the city council’s major capital infrastructure projects which will not only improve the sporting infrastructure of the city but play a major in role in the regeneration and enhancement of the Public Domain in Phibsborough.
 
The current plan is to develop a new four-sided municipal stadium (c. 8,034 capacity) featuring:

  • Reorientation of the pitch to a North/South Axis (105m x 68m) and installation of a new sand-based grass pitch
  • New stands to the east and west side with provision for c. 6,240 seats and two new terraces to the north and south with provision for c. 1,794 standing
  • The provision of a public thoroughfare along the eastern boundary connecting North Circular Road and Connaught Street to include various eateries and a new public plaza
  • A community facility with an area of 585sq.m over two floors to include a multi-functional community room and a community gym
  • The provision of modern match-day facilities for teams and officials

 
The first phase of enabling works, including the demolition of the Connaught Street Stand, have now been completed.

IDOM to design new Dublin stadium Dalymount ParkImage: IDOM

The current timeline for completion of the redeveloped stadium is the start of the 2027 season but this is very much dependent on further funding becoming available for the construction stage from Government (via Stream 2 of the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund).

Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste welcomed the announcement that the planning application in respect of Dalymount Park Redevelopment has now been formally lodged.

He said, “The redevelopment of this iconic stadium will provide a modern municipal facility that will not just be of benefit to Bohemian FC but also the wider Dublin Community. Today marks another step towards that goal. I’d like to acknowledge all the ongoing hard work and commitment from both the City Council staff and the Design Team tasked with delivering this project and I have no doubt this will continue as we progress to the next stage of the redevelopment process”

Daniel Lambert, Chief Operating Officer of Bohemian FC commented, “Bohemian FC is delighted to mark this hugely significant day. Dalymount Park has hosted thousands of football games, enjoyed by millions of supporters, continuously since 1901, while also being an integral part of the general sporting, cultural and societal fabric of Dublin City. It has, however, long passed its capability to provide an appropriate, safe and modern facility for football and community use.”

“We have engaged extensively with Dublin City Council since their acquisition of the stadium in 2015 and thank them for their considerable efforts to get us to this point; in particular the work of Brendan Kenny initially, and more recently Richard Shakespeare, both of whom have always shown a firm commitment to this historic site and recognise its positive role and function in the life of the city.”

The Part 8 planning is expected to be granted in early 2024 at the February Council meeting.

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