Dublin City Council
Phone: 00353 1 222 0400
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. There is a population of 506,211 persons within the administrative boundary of Dublin City Council (11,761 ha of land); 1,187,176 persons within Dublin County and over 1.6m people in the adjoining region of the Greater Dublin Area. This represents c40% of the national population. It is the largest city in Ireland.
Dublin is a coastal city with a working port, ferry terminals, beaches and recreation areas close to the city centre. Dublin Bay has many European and international nature designations. The city area is also close to scenic mountains. Architectural conservation areas, nature conservation areas along the city’s rivers and canals, protected buildings and zones of archaeology are important character areas of the city centre.
Dublin’s history dates back to its “Dubh Linn” settlement in the 1st Century, the Viking era of the 9th Century, Norman rule of the 12th Century and subsequent British Rule. The city expanded and prospered significantly in the 17th and 18th Century (known as the Georgian era). The 19th Century showed that Dublin did not develop as an industrial centre at the same rate as Belfast. Brewing was the traditional industry of Dublin and the dockland areas were important locations for shipping merchandise and the manufacture of gas. In the early 20th Century Dublin emerged as the Capital of the Republic of Ireland after the Easter Rising of 1916, the War of Independence and Irish Civil War. The year’s thereafter was a period of restoring public buildings and general city regeneration started by tax incentive designations. The 1960s Greenfield suburban growth expanded the city boundary. In the 1990s Dublin benefited from a period of unprecedented economic growth, inward investment and energy. The city’s historic streets and buildings and the addition of new modern landmarks (the Spire, Grand Canal Theatre, Beckett Bridge, National Convention Centre, Aviva Stadium) contributed to the city’s international appeal. Dublin is now a designated UNESCO City of Literature and the historic city centre is a candidate UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main economic sectors of the city and region are financial services, pharmaceutical, information and communications and tourism. There are many challenges currently presented by the global recession and economic crisis and many planned projects have been stalled or failed to develop. The city remains optimistic however that it can overcome the current economic challenges and continue to renew itself and prosper as an international city.
Planning and economic development in the city is achieved through implementing the objectives of the city development plan, regulating and managing new development, marketing the city for enterprise and innovation and protecting and enhancing the city’s architectural and urban heritage. The Planning and Economic Development Department are active in these areas.
B-Team is of particular importance to Dublin City Council. It coincides with the Greater Dublin Area Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 and Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 and with an economic context where many parts of the city are in a state of transition between former decay, successful redevelopment and current halted progress dues to the economic downturn.
It is important at this juncture that the city learns from its past regeneration models and prepares for the successful completion of regeneration areas when the economy improves. Learning from best practice examples from other cities and contributing to the events held in each partner city is assisting the Planning and Economic Development Department to research and examine themes of:
• Economic cycles, attracting sustained investment and avoiding long term decay.
• Exploring effective temporary uses and other measures to kick start a regenerative process.
• Integrating the science of soil remediation with land use planning early in the regeneration process to avoid unforseen delay and environmental issues in delivering projects.
• Understanding the different definitions and grades of brownfield site character in different regions.
• Understanding the common themes to achieving successful regeneration policies and projects across different regions.
The “Brownfield Days” are the main activities of the project and will subsequently take place in every local authority partner’s location. Dublin will host its Brownfield Days in May 2012. The signing of the policy transfer (Brownfield Pledge) ensures long-term benefits after the project’s completion by committing the partners to the improvement of their actions and policies. The contacts established through the project will remain beyond the three year project and partners continue to exchange information, monitor and assist each partner through the B Team web site. Both the pledge and contacts will leave a lasting and positive legacy of the project for Dublin City.