Newmarket Masterplan

The Newmarket Area Framework Plan for Dublin City Council concentrated on an inner city quarter of Dublin with a significant industrial past and an interesting 17th century urban grid. Traditionally located at the edge of the city, its plan is an embedded edge condition - an intense narrative of dense streets directly adjacent to fields used for bleaching linen. Recent road initiatives underlined its peripherality by inserting a busy carriageway isolating it from the rest of the city. 

The Framework Plan proposed a new quarter for working and living. Not a decorative 'urban' world, rather a place of ordinary life in the shadow of architecture where workshops, studios and repairs shops spill across open space. A radical conservation plan sustained the two-dimensional plan form and prepared a radical three-dimensional expression - a network of new four and five storey urban blocks around the main square (which maintain its traditional proportion) crowned by a field of 10-15 storey residential towers. This glass and masonry composition will be seen across the city- the signalling of the renewed quarter. The plan also proposes a unified approach to sustainable energy solutions, credible in the context of the comprehensive development option. Overall building height, footprint, materials, the location of towers within each block, character and proportions would be controlled within a framework plan context.