Situated on Sandymount Strand at the base of the Poolbeg Peninsula, Glass Bottle is a new place to live, work, and enjoy the best that Dublin City has to offer. Glass Bottle is a complete city quarter. It connects Dublin to the bay and links the neighbouring communities of Irishtown, Ringsend and Sandymount.
Glass Bottle sits between Sean Moore Road to the west and Sandymount Strand to the east. Its creation will see the transformation of approximately 15 hectares from a former industrial site into an integrated and vibrant new place for all Dubliners.
Glass Bottle is of a scale and in a location that warrants inspirational placemaking. This has driven a collaborative process that will shape the public spaces and maximise shared value for all residents, visitors and those that work there.
The ambition for Glass Bottle is to create a well balanced community and a new destination for Dublin that will include residential, office, hotel, rental, co-living, private, social and affordable accommodation. There will also be cultural and community spaces, leisure, retail and other amenity facilities with a strong focus on the community, outdoors and its waterfront location.
The design across all the phases of Glass Bottle will be sensitive to its location and the surrounding residential dwellings.
Glass Bottle will deserve to sit among the great new quarters of Europe and beyond. Its vicinity to the city, to the shore of Dublin Bay along with its scale means it will have its own ecosystem; a city within a city.
Glass Bottle will connect Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown. It will connect Dublin city to the bay, with an active waterfront experience. Glass Bottle will connect people to nature, opening access to the water and to surrounding natural amenities.
Glass Bottle will be informed by innovation with sustainability to the fore. The goal is to create low carbon, highly efficient buildings across the entire development cycle.
The land where Glass Bottle sits was once sea and marshlands of the River Liffey, until the lands of Poolbeg Peninsula were reclaimed in the 18th century. At the end of the 19th century the land was sold to Dublin Corporation. Land reclamation continued, and the peninsula grew to be known as a service and industry hub for the city of Dublin.
Forklift loading truck at the Irish Glass Bottle Company, Ringsend Dublin. Irish Photo Archive ©SKP & Associates Ltd 1961
Historically, the broader area was known for brick making, flour mills, rope making, the operations of the port and of course, glass. The Irish Glass Bottle factory was a part of a local and citywide network of glass manufacturing dating back to the 19th century. By the 1980s The Glass Bottle Factory at Poolbeg was regarded as one of the most modern factories in Europe. The factory closed in 2002, marking the end of the glass bottle making tradition in the area.
In 2016, the designation of the area as a Special Development Zone acknowledged the opportunity presented by the location: to provide a significant number of homes and commercial floorspace, supported by community infrastructure.
Forklift loading truck at the
Irish Glass Bottle Company,
Irish Photo Archive
©SKP & Associates Ltd
The initial phase 1 will consist of 570 apartment units, a crèche and 400 square metres of retail space. Phase 1b will consist of 324 apartment units with residential amenity facilities and retail space on the ground floor, both with landscaped residential communal courtyards and children’s play areas. The residential section of these phases will comprise 10% social housing units, and an additional 15% of homes allocated for affordable housing will be offered to the Department of Housing, in accordance with the obligations set out within the SDZ for the site. Phase 1 and Phase 1b are is fully consistent with the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).
The three individual buildings that make up Phase 1 will be situated on the south-west corner of the site, adjacent to Sean Moore Road and Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA club. Phase 1b is situated to the east of Phase 1, along the Central Boulevard.
Subsequent phases at Glass Bottle will be subject to separate planning applications and in its entirety will take approximately a decade to complete. Future phases will feature a considered mix of residential, retail, office, enterprise space and community facilities.
Glass Bottle will bring new life and opportunities to the communities of Irishtown, Ringsend and Sandymount. A key feature of this new urban quarter will be the generous provision of well designed, attractive, multifunctional public open spaces. These will complement new community, sports, education and other ancillary facilities and spaces, which could be used to promote the local creative and art communities.
Part of the activation of Glass Bottle is likely to happen through the development of Meanwhile Uses*.
This approach makes use of the unused space on the site in advance of development.
With the assistance of specialist consultants the aim is to realise value in Glass Bottle throughout the development lifecycle with an emphasis on place and placemaking. The intention is that Glass Bottle will be activated by the local community, by artists, coffee shops, pop up’s and more. *The development of Meanwhile Uses is subject to planning approval.
When fully realised, Glass Bottle will create approximately 3,800 new homes, providing housing for up to 9,500 people. The development will include 10% social housing and a further 15% will be allocated to affordable housing.
The development will create in excess of 90,000 sq.m. of commercial office and enterprise space. A mix of office types will be developed to allow for flexible formats and adaptable uses including life sciences, enterprise, media and hotel accommodation. In total Glass Bottle could potentially create more than 10,000 jobs.
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