Heuston Masterplan unveiled by CIÉ

CIÉ’s Group Property division has launched the Heuston Masterplan, a visionary blueprint for the transformational development of CIÉ lands at Heuston Station.

The lands – comprising of ten hectares encompassing both Heuston Station and Conyngham Road Garage – are set to create a new community at the western end of the city centre, as an exemplar of the concept of Transport Orientated Development (TOD).

By placing the principles of TOD at the heart of the Heuston Masterplan, CIÉ together with O’Mahony Pike Architects – who have developed the Masterplan – will ensure that public transport and active travel are at the heart of a vibrant new urban area for Dublin.  The Heuston Masterplan proposes:

  • A substantial quantum of mixed-use development of commercial, residential, retail and leisure facilities on a 10-hectare site covering the CIÉ lands around Heuston Station and Conyngham Road, with potential for 210,000+ sqm of development including 1,000+ residential units;
  • The creation of an exemplar of Transport Orientated and Sustainable Development;
  • Provision of substantial new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to include two new cross-Liffey bridges, 5,000 cycle parking spaces, and high quality public realm space within an urban environment, facilitating a largely car-free development;
  • Opening up of approximately one kilometre of river frontage and interlinking the green assets and public amenities of Phoenix Park and IMMA;
  • Safeguarding of ongoing transport operations and planned enhancements, ensuring enhancements under the DART+ and Bus Connects programmes are facilitated, and existing rail, bus and Luas services are supported.  Improved public transport provision includes a new station at Heuston West, announced last week as part of DART+ South West proposals;
  • Transformation of largely brownfield site at the west of the city into a destination for living, working, exercising and socialising.

Announcing the proposals, CIÉ Group Chief Executive Lorcan O’Connor said “through the Heuston Masterplan, CIÉ is uniquely placed to deliver an exemplar of Transport Orientated Development.  We will deliver a largely car-free development, designed to have public transport and active travel at the heart of the way of life for people who live and work in this exciting new urban centre.”

“We will link those who live, work and travel through Heuston directly to the Phoenix Park through pedestrian / cycling bridges, and open up one kilometre of river front, enhancing quality of life. Additionally, the development in itself will support the enhancement and expansion of public transport services proposed under the National Development Plan and beyond, ensuring that the sustainable future we must all work towards is fully supported.”

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD welcomed the Heuston Masterplan proposal, saying: “Well planned transport led development is one of the key components to a thriving city.The exciting proposals outlined in the Heuston Masterplan clearly have the potential to transform the western edge of Dublin City. Heuston is a gateway entrance to the city for thousands of people each day, but the area surrounding it is still developing in its potential. I look forward to the rollout of this exciting initiative which I believe will help transform the Heuston area and will impact in a very positive way on people’s daily lives.”

CIÉ, working with leading estate agents Lisney, will seek a developer partner in the first half of 2022 to develop the Masterplan proposals further, with a view to submitting a planning application for the site in 2023.