Father Collins Park

project scope: To deliver a self sustaining community facility and recreational area at the heart of a newly developing suburb in the North Fringe.

context: This competition winning design by Abelleyro & Romero Architects was developed with MCO Projects/ ArArq Ireland and delivered on behalf of Dublin City Council with Michael Goan as the lead Architect & contract administrator.

sustainability: On-site power generation for all systems is supplied by five 50kw wind turbines. A man made water cycle was developed and centered on a lake & wetland habitat to attenuate & treat on-site surface water. Low carbon concrete was specifiied throughout the Park. Spoil generated through the excavation of the lake was retained on site and used to form the playing pitches and grassed amphitheatre that surrounds the island performance space. Existing ancient hedgerows were maintained and native species have been extensively planted throughout the Park.

community: The Development of Father Collins park marked a unique departure for large scale developments whereby the community infrastructure was developed prior to the development of housing and commercial units. This approach put the residents needs at the centre of the urban design & delivery agenda and was central to fostering an immediate and significant connection with place for the growing community.

awards & exhibition:
• RIAI awards 2010, “Best Public Space”,
• Irish Concrete Society awards 2010, “best use of concrete in a sustainable context”,
• Opus awards 2010 “special mention”,
• AAI awards 2010 “special mention” ,
• As lead Architect during the construction phase, Michael Goan was shortlisted along with Fernando Abelleyro, Mauro Romero & Philip Crowe for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe European Architecture prize.

publication:
• Construct Ireland issue 8, volume 4 – july/ aug 2009,
• Architecture Ireland no 250 jan/ feb 2010