Dundalk officially unveils its Pilot site: The Still

July 2024

On Monday 24th June, our partner Louth County Council celebrated the official opening of our Dundalk Pilot at a special event held at the Pilot site in the Museum Quarter.

The Dundalk pilot was officially opened by Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Kevin Callan, and Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin.

Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, said: “The regeneration of this part of Dundalk will assist in the creation of a diverse, accessible, safe, inclusive and high–quality area that will increase health and well-being and deliver a sustainable urban space. It is wonderful to see the heritage of the town honoured as part of this project, with a former industrial site transformed into a peaceful, reflective sanctuary.

Louth County Council presented their three implemented ‘Visionary Solutions’ to the public for the first time:

  • VS1 an Outdoor Learning Pod
  • VS2 Outdoor Urban Green Learning space and a Sensory Garden for Health & Well-Being
  • VS3 Sensor-equipped bike-stations

A significant feature of the Dundalk project is the relocation of staff car parking spaces to provide increased public space, and reduce climate exposure, noise and air pollution and environmental stress, which direclty support the urban regeneration of the courtyard area

The improved outdoor space is now known as: ‘The Still’.

‘The Still’ provides a venue for use by all, and the name honours the heritage of this area as an old whiskey distillery, blending history with tranquillity. This unique name reflects both the distillation process and the calm, contemplative atmosphere of the garden. It’s a tribute to the past, transforming an industrial site into a peaceful, reflective sanctuary.

VARCITIES Health and Well-being platform was also presented during the event. The platform will be showcased on the site’s interactive touchscreen. With real-time data sourced from on-site sensors, the H&WB platform offers dynamic graphical representations of the site data including noise levels, air quality indices, carbon emissions, energy consumption and the monetary savings generated by the Museum’s solar (PV) panels.

An additional feature of Dundalk Pilot site is a Sensory Cubbie located inside the library. This offers an immersive multi-sensory space that reduces anxiety and encourages participation.