Adamstown (Irish: Baile Adaim, meaning "Town of Adam") is the first "new town style development" planned in Ireland since Shannon Town in 1982. The new settlement is being developed 16 km from Dublin city centre, on a 220 hectare site just south of Lucan, west of the Griffeen River and north of the Grand Canal. No date has been set for the official granting of any specific official status but development is underway since 2005. As of 2017, perhaps 3500 of a planned population of 25000 are resident. Adamstown is in the jurisdiction of South Dublin.
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Location and accessEdit
Adamstown originated with the South Dublin County Development Plan of 1998, which envisaged the creation of several "new towns" - only Adamstown made it to the development stage. The provision of a new railway station was an integral part of its development, together with the provision of new schools, shopping and sporting facilities within walking distance in the neighbourhood. The new settlement was designed to promote public transport and reduce car dependence.
Infrastructure works officially commenced on 7 February 2005, and on 16 February 2006 the first houses went on the market.
It was intended that after an initial ten years of development the development would have around 10,000 homes, and about 25,000 people. To date around 1,200 homes have been constructed.
The homes built in Adamstown were to be familiar types of house and apartment block but with a layout dissimilar to other later 20th century developments in Ireland in that they were to incorporate modern urban design concepts. These primarily include permeability,[clarification needed] and a 'joined up'[clarification needed] street system, avoiding the common cul de sac layouts. The formation of streets[clarification needed] is designed to reduce car usage. These features, combined with ease of access to the train station is intended to promote walking and cycling. There is a strict limit on high-rise buildings, three to four storeys being the norm.
As part of the planning permission it was incumbent on the developers to complete various infrastructure and community facilities on a phased basis, to avoid the social problems that can blight large-scale suburban developments, before proceeding with later phases of housing. The train station and two schools, and a few retail facilities, are now operating.
Development slowed after the initial phases were complete, and parts of the proposed settlement remain boarded off.
Shops and other AmenitiesEdit
The area features a Liffey tributary stream, the Tobermaclugg, which is planned to be used as the centrepiece of a public park.
Adamstown's first neighbourhood shopping centre including a Londis small supermarket, a hair and beauty salon, and a cafe / pizzeria is open in the Sentinel Building. Nearby are a Supervalu shopping centre on the Newcastle Road and a short distance further the picturesque and historic Lucan village. Some distance away is Liffey Valley shopping centre, home to a range of high street retail names, a multiplex cinema and several restaurants and cafes.
There are two primary schools, a large secondary school and a crèche. More are planned, and places are also available in other parts of greater Lucan
Adamstown Community College: The secondary school Adamstown Community College is a new addition to the town which opened up in September 2009. From sixty nine students entering the school it now has over a thousand students attending there. The school crest, of a castle, originates from an old castle that use to stand where the current school stands today. The secondary school is operated by County of Dublin VEC.
The first two primary schools, Adamstown Educate Together and St. John the Evangelist, Adamstown, commenced classes in September 2007.
The first crèche, operated by Giraffe in Adamstown Castle, opened in 2007.
Adamstown has a soccer club, Adamstown Football Club, and a GAA club, Adamstown GAA club for both girls and boys, hurling, and camogie clubs. Adamstown Football Club was established in November 2005 and currently plays in the United Churches League, with two teams, and plans to expand into schoolboy soccer in the summer of 2008. The GAA club was authorised on 11 June 2007 at a meeting of the Dublin County Board.
A new structure, Club Adamstown, is being put in place by the local council to offer sporting opportunities, including cricket, to local children.
A planned leisure centre, including a swimming pool, has not yet commenced construction.
Awards for AdamstownEdit
Sustainable Communities Award 2009Edit
On February 12, 2009, Adamstown, the new neighbourhood being built on the west side of Dublin, won a "Sustainable Communities" award from the UK's Royal Town Planning Institute. It was the only non-UK project to pick up a prize at the annual awards ceremony, and was entered by South Dublin County Council and Chartridge, the developers (comprising Castlethorn Construction, Maplewood Homes and Tierra Construction). The award recognises that Adamstown has been properly planned and balances living accommodation with infrastructure, such as shops, cinema, train station, swimming pool, library, health centres, restaurants, schools, mixed places of worship and parks, among other facilities. Adamstown is Ireland's first Strategic Development Zone, which means that the construction of homes runs in tandem with such facilities. The judges praised the design and layout of Adamstown for its "modern vernacular" and said it would be a "model for development elsewhere".
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