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January 31, 2008

New town centre for 21st century in west Dublin

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An ambitious town centre on 20 acres is planned for the heart of Adamstown, Dublin’s newest suburb. Fiona Tyrrell reports. A new town centre roughly the size of St Stephen’s Green – planned for Adamstown in west Dublin – will have 1,000 apartments, 60 shops, a primary care medical centre and a place of worship shared between four different churches. Plans for phase one of the €1.2 billion scheme, called Adamstown Central, were unveiled in Dublin city centre yesterday. Billed as Ireland’s first 21st century town, Adamstown Central forms a major building block in the overall Adamstown project, which involves the construction of a new town for 30,000 people on a greenfield site in south-west Co Dublin, on the Dublin-Kildare railway line. With two primary schools now open with 240 pupils, almost 650 homes occupied and 17 train services taking residents to Dublin city, Adamstown is beginning to take shape. The new town centre is due to be complete by 2010. Seven different architects were involved in the design of the new town centre – DMOD, O’Mahony Pike (OMP), O’Donnell + Tuomey, Grafton Architects, Henry James Lyons, HKR and UK-based Metropolitan Workshop.

The Irish Times

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