€4m innovation quarter set for centre of Tallaght

By Aideen O'Flaherty

PLANS for a €4m innovation quarter in St Maelruan’s Field in the centre of Tallaght were revealed at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee.

The quarter is to contain a new plaza called Innovation Square, a new innovation centre, a new school and 140 affordable apartments, and the development is to be linked to County Hall and Civic Square by a pedestrian walkway.

Innovation Square compressor

An artist impression of the €4 million innovation quarter

In their presentation, the council stated that Innovation Square will contain a “new multifunctional square to include formal terraced lawn area, trees and planting, plaza, seating, play and teen spaces.”

In relation to the pedestrian link for the school, the local authority stated that it plans to put “playful graphics” on the surface of the walkway, and that it plans to incorporate seating and “informal balance/play opportunities” into the pedestrian route.

Plans for the refurbishment of Civic Square to facilitate an outdoor cinema and more child-friendly aspects, and for the County Hall pedestrian link to be gently sloped and for there to be a secondary informal route with seating and planting, are included in the proposal.

Fianna Fáil councillor and chairman of the Tallaght Area Committee, Charlie O’Connor, said: “I am delighted to welcome this €4m investment in the city centre of Tallaght, which will vastly improve the sense of place and civic pride in the area.

“It is a significant investment in the future of Tallaght as a vibrant city centre location and in our children’s future education and employment prospects.

“I believe the new innovation quarter will become a landmark for years to come and will leave a rich legacy this council can be proud of.”

The proposal is due to be presented to councillors for the Part 8 public consultation aspect of the proposal at next month’s meeting of South Dublin County Council, before going on public display.

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