Designs for the centre of the new town planned for Cherrywood in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown were published today. The developer, Hines,  has applied for planning permission for 1,269 apartments and ½ million square feet of retail space. Another 7,500 homes are planned as part of this new town but it will be the urban design and architecture of the town centre that will define the character of Cherrywood.

At first glance, I can see that a lot of the roads and parking are underground, leaving a lot of pedestrian space which is welcome. I’ll write more when I’ve had a chance to study the planning files in detail.

If permission is granted, the developer says that he plans to begin construction by June 2018 and finish by June 2021.

Other information from the developer:

  • Electric Car Recharging Points – 150 (Phase 1)
  • Pedestrian pathways, tracks and greenways – 37 km
  • Dedicated Cycle Lanes – 25 km
  • Bicycle Spaces – 2,600
  • All 4 Cherrywood LUAS platforms will be 90 metres long in anticipation of any future extension of tram lengths or line upgrade to Metro

For now – here are some photo-montages of the planned town centre. Write in the comments to tell me your first impressions and any questions you have.

Here is a map to help you get your bearings. The yellow line is the path of the Luas. The blue circle to the right is the Spar convenience shop.

Designs published for Cherrywood town centre
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8 thoughts on “Designs published for Cherrywood town centre

  • September 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    First impressions are it seems rather souless. Very similar to the Beacon Quater in Sandyford. No real character, no public art or other monuments to enliven the streets. Very disappointing.

  • September 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Ossian, you and the Greens are to be conmmended for your work on this project whilst not perfect will be the greenest in Ireland. Well done!!

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Thanks Padraic but this town plan didn’t come from me. The masterplan was devised by the council and approved by An Bord Pleanala long before my time. Now we are seeing the first designs from architects.

  • September 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm


    The public footpath areas look like extensions of the apartments. There doesn’t seem to be a delineation between public and private space. Without a clear sense that the public spaces are fully public and for civic use Cherrywood is going to lack soul – like an outdoor Dundrum shopping center.


  • September 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Finbarr

    I think they are blurring the line between public and private space on purpose as that is in fashion at the moment. I think it’s worth looking at the area around the Sandyford industrial estate and the Leopardstown park area to see what worked and what failed. There was meant to be a wide diagonal pedestrian street at Rockbrook. The development is incomplete there but I will go up and get some photos. Any residential area should have soul and character and it’s hard to get those when everything is planned in advance.

  • October 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Where is the hotel going to be?

  • October 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Carol
    I haven’t heard about a hotel yet but I’ll check the plans.

  • October 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you. We went to the open day and were told there was a 4 star boutique hotel going in around the town centre. We were shown it on the model but I don’t see anything mentioned about it on the website.

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