Here’s what the guys had to say about the new marina plans…
OMP were the winners of a design competition to regenerate a dilapidated harbour at the Victorian seaside village of Greystones, south of Dublin. John Sisk and Son and Park Developments were the development consortium for this Public Private Partnership with the Local Authority, Wicklow County council, the owners of the 9 hectare /22.5 acre site. The brief clearly stated a need to create a new civic amenity of national importance for Greystones and to envisage a plan that secures meaningful access to the town’s neglected coastline and provides a new marina and harbour with appropriate community facilities and a new town park. Also of importance is the desire to develop a unique and contemporary marine village which is vibrant, accessible, secure, beautiful, and diverse; a place to visit and a place to live; a place to enhance the lives and uplift the spirits of the people of Greystones whatever their age.
The layout responds to two specific north/south movement axis. Firstly a pedestrian boardwalk is proposed along the edge of a new Marina extending the existing harbour access road alignment. Secondly, a main parallel access street, New Street, will be located to the east of the boardwalk linking the existing town to the new Beach and 6 hectare/15 acre Public Park to the north.
The area situated between the seaside Boardwalk and the New Street is characterised as the leisure and visitor hub, with its mixture of shops, restaurants, pubs and associated residential apartments overlooking the Marina to the east . Much of this part of the new development is founded on reclaimed land. The area situated between the seaside Boardwalk and the New Street is characterised as the leisure and visitor hub, with its mixture of shops, restaurants, pubs and associated residential apartments overlooking the Marina to the east . Much of this part of the new development is founded on reclaimed land.
The Harbour area to the east of the boardwalk accommodates the water based activities incorporating the Marina with berthage for up to 230 leisure craft. The Harbour area to the south includes a reconfigured public Beach, a new town Plaza and extended quayside where the community buildings and yards, the coast guard, the slipways and the Marina Operations Buildings are situated. There are 375 residential units in the development to the west side of the Boardwalk. 234 apartments are accommodated in 3 x 4 storey courtyard blocks overlooking two new public squares located between New Street and the Boardwalk. To the west of New Street there are 141 family terraced houses. The housing mix has been carefully considered to appeal to as wide a variety and age group of future residents as possible. Mixed commercial uses amounting to 6405m² net are located overlooking the marina and include shops, pubs, restaurants and specialist uses. The community uses and storage areas are located in a low complex in the proposed new Harbour.