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Apartment blocks and landscaped square at Het Funen, Amsterdam, a residential area on former industrial zone
Het Funen, Amsterdam | Photo: Landlab, studio voor landschapsarchitectuur
Raised pedestrian bridge with landscaping over train line
Paleisbrug, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands | Photo: Jannes Linders

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Satellite view of the City Edge Project area and surrounds
Image: Google ©2022 CNES / Copernicus, Maxar Technologies
Dock in Hamburg, previously an industrial dock are, now repurposed as a mixed use commercial and residential area.
Hafencity Public Spaces, Hamburg Germany | Photo: Thomas Hampel
The process for the City Edge Project can be divided into three phases:
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Phase 1 - Baseline Analysis, Emerging Preferred Scenario and Strategic Framework

Baseline Analysis

A Baseline Analysis was carried out in the project area with respect to the characteristics of the area as it is currently. It included an analysis of existing

  • community,
  • housing,
  • employment,
  • economy,
  • transport,
  • infrastructure,
  • historical and archaeological features, and
  • environmental aspects.

Emerging Preferred Scenario

To determine a preferred direction and identify an Emerging Preferred Scenario, three high level scenarios were assessed against the emerging objectives and vision for the City Edge Project Study Area as well as key constraints and opportunities identified during the detailed investigations of the Study Area.  The scenarios were:

  1. Major commercial centre at a national scale;
  2. Enterprise & urban industry-led mixed-use; and
  3. Residential-led mixed-use.

To identify a preferred scenario, elements from each of the three scenarios were assessed against various criteria.  Those elements that performed the best were combined, to produce the Emerging Preferred Scenario.  Within this scenario, key character areas are identified including:

  • A major urban centre;
  • Local centres with high street activity;
  • Clusters of urban-industry & workspaces;
  • Areas for housing and workspace.
View of Bolonge Park, France, showing apartment blocks around a green square space with canala
Boulogne Park, Paris, France | Photo: Courtesy of L’Agence TER

Strategic Framework

The next stage of the project involves the preparation of a Strategic Framework for the City Edge area which will set out a high level strategy for regeneration of the area to create a new liveable, sustainable and climate resilient urban quarter over the coming decades.  The Strategic Framework will be informed by –

  • The Baseline Study which gives the current profile of the area;
  • The Emerging Preferred Scenario which sets out a high-level direction for the project in terms of type of development and location;
  • Supporting studies including:
    • Movement Framework;
    • Economic Analysis;
    • Housing Analysis;
    • Parks and Open Space Strategy;
    • Surface Water Analysis and SuDS Design;
    • Climate Action Study;
  • The issues raised in the submissions received during the public consultation process;
  • Best practice models from similar regeneration projects including international examples.
Tree lined pedestrian path in the Ballymount area
Canalside path close to study area

The Strategic Framework will build on the Emerging Preferred Scenario, taking into account the issues raised during the public consultation process and the outcomes of the various detailed studies being undertaken to inform the Framework.

Having identified an Emerging Preferred Scenario, South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council carried out a public consultation programme and hosted an international conference to inform the public and stakeholders of the process to date and to get feedback before progressing to the next stage – preparing a  Strategic Framework for the area.

Presenter in front of green screen in studio with multiple lights and cameras
Live recording of the City Edge International Conference

Phase 2 - Plan Making

Plan Making

The Strategic Framework will give a high-level direction for how the City Edge area should be redeveloped.

The next phase will start later in 2022 and will involve the preparation of a more detailed statutory plan setting out in a more comprehensive way and at a finer level of detail, how the area should evolve over a shorter timeframe.  The preparation of the statutory plan will involve significant further consultation and engagement with all stakeholders including residents, community groups, businesses, employees, interest groups, land owners, state bodies, state agencies and Government Departments. Once adopted, the statutory plan will provide detailed guidance for how the City Edge Area will evolve and develop into an attractive, sustainable and climate resilient mixed use, higher-density urban quarter.

Raised pedestrian bridge with landscaping over train line
Paleisbrug, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands | Photo: Jannes Linders

Phase 3 - Implementation

Implementation

Following the preparation of the statutory plan, key projects and recommendations contained in the Plan will be moved from concept stage into implementation stage including planning, design, business case and construction.

Phase 3 will involve the careful co-ordination of important elements that make up a self-sustaining and integrated urban community such as parks, green and blue infrastructure, transport/movement infrastructure, employment, housing, and community, retail, sports and cultural facilities.

Dock in Hamburg, previously an industrial dock are, now repurposed as a mixed use commercial and residential area.
Hafencity Public Spaces, Hamburg Germany | Photo: Thomas Hampel
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