THE BROADSTONE GATE AND PLAZA – DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN SUMMER 2020
I have been tracking this development for many years because I live at Henrietta Place which is a laneway off Henrietta Street.
In May 2016, the boundary wall dividing Broadstone and Grangegorman was removed, creating a historic pathway joining the two sites for the first time. The true story is slightly different as the routs is a temporary with limited hours which to not match normal working hours. The Grangegorman Development Agency said on its website: “The Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD officially opened the new link between Grangegorman and Constitution Hill this morning, Friday 16 November. This new link, while temporary, is historic, as it is the first time the Grangegorman site will link directly to the north inner city.”
“It will be possible to walk from the campus to Bolton Street in 9 minutes” … I have some issues with this as the entrance to Kings Inns Park is closed at weekends and on holidays. If the gates are open the Broadstone tram stop is the nearest to my apartment but if the gates are closed it takes much less time to walk to the Lower Dominick stop.
The Luas Stop at Broadstone opened in late 2017 and, to be honest, I was under the impression that the public space are would have been completed at the same time.However, according to the online project plan works to the Plaza are ongoing and due to be completed by summer 2020.
The Broadstone Gate will provide access to the Grangegorman site once complete and is currently being developed as part of the Luas Cross City works. It will act as a public plaza and will provide much needed linkage between Grangegorman and Dublin city.
The plaza is situated off Constitution Hill on the site of the old royal canal at the former Great Western Railway Station commonly known as Broadstone, and will mark a prominent entrance to the Grangegorman urban quarter.
The Broadstone site, which borders Grangegorman on its east side, was subject to a Part VIII planning process in 2014 in order to facilitate the site development and gate access.
Under the Grangegorman Masterplan, the primary urban path through Grangegorman – St Brendan’s Way will link with the Broadstone Gate which when completed will reach as far as Prussia Street.
The link with Broadstone can also be seen as an extension to the 18th century historic spine of Dublin City which covered Dublin Castle across Grattan Bridge, along Capel Street/Bolton Street, Henrietta Street and King’s Inn.