Father Collins Park, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
A €15.7 million New Park Development, comprising new sports facilities, lake and promenade, paths, cycle ways, along with hard and soft landscaping.
- Architect: Ar Arq Ireland.
- Client: Dublin City Council.
- Irelands first wholly self-sustained energy efficient park land.
- 54 acre contemporary urban park.
- The vast majority of the power requirements for public lighting, water pumps, changing areas and the maintenance depot is being generated on site by five (w15 50kW) wind turbines.
- The park has a sustainable drainage system incorporating wetlands and swales.
- The development incorporates green technologies through the provision of extensive cycling and walking facilities to support surrounding residential schemes, through the use of shot blast concrete in a sustainable manner.
- Father Collins Park has been in receipt of numerous awards including:
- The Sustainability Award at the 28th Irish Concrete Society Awards 2010
- Best Public Space 2010 at the Irish Architecture Awards
- Best Public Park & Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative for 2010 by the Local Authority Member’s Association (LAMA)
- Father Collins Park was short listed by the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2011.
- The project demonstrates the integration of sustainable technologies into the design of public space.
- The roof to the sports facilities building is of an extensive green roof system.
- On average, 70 – 80% of the parks energy needs are produced by the five wind turbines. Up to 100% may be achieved at peak resource times.
- The annual CO2 saving is in the region of 320 tonnes, achieved through the five wind turbines alone. Further CO2 savings are accomplished through the planting of tress throughout the park.
Press release: Fr. Collins Park: Ireland's first wind powered public park