Dundalk Library and Museum Quarter
Dundalk is the administrative capital of County Louth and is the pilot town of VARCITIES. It has a population of 34,496, and growing. The town hosts a highly regarded third level educational institution, Dundalk Institution of Technology (DkIT).
The pilot proposes the “Creation of an Outdoor Learning Hub” within the courtyard area of County Library / Museum Quarter. Both structures are identified as Protected Structures which have a rating of ‘Regional importance’. The regeneration of this area will assist in the creation of a diverse, accessible, safe, inclusive and high-quality green area that will increase well-being and health, and deliver a fair and equitable distribution of the associated benefits. The design proposes a continuation of the public realm and rationalisation philosophy (to improve all crossings and junctions in favour of the pedestrian), in line with the urban regeneration scheme of the adjacent Market Square, Clanbrassil Street and Church Street.
One of the biggest changes in Dundalk’ VARCITIES Pilot will be the removal of the car parking spaces, increasing the resultant open public spaces and the benefits deriving from reduced climate risk exposure, noise and air pollution, and environmental stress.
Several co-creation events were already organised:
- June 2021: First Co-creation Workshop
- November 2021: Second Co-creation Workshop
The two events were undertaken to co-create the detailed design for the site. Arising from this a Public Consultation Process was undertaken and Planning Permission for works for the project was approved.
In November 2022, the Town Hall Event was undertaken to update stakeholders on progress and the plans to complete the project.