Cherrywood, Dublin

Cherrywood (Irish: Coill na Silíní)[1] is a developing suburb of Dublin, Ireland, bordering Cabinteely, Loughlinstown and Rathmichael. It is located to the southeast of the city, in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. The development commenced on a greenfield site in 1998 and primarily comprises Cherrywood Business Park and some residential development, with retail development and a hotel also planned.

Cherrywood
Coill na Silíní
Suburb
Commercial buildings in Cherrywood
Commercial buildings in Cherrywood
Cherrywood is located in Ireland
Cherrywood
Cherrywood
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°14′40.6″N 6°8′29.3″W / 53.244611°N 6.141472°W / 53.244611; -6.141472Coordinates: 53°14′40.6″N 6°8′29.3″W / 53.244611°N 6.141472°W / 53.244611; -6.141472
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
Traditional countyDublin
County / Local authorityDún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Government
 • Dáil ÉireannDún Laoghaire
Elevation
31 m (102 ft)
Eircode (Routing Key)
D18
Area code01 (+3531)
Irish Grid ReferenceO244235

LocationEdit

Cherrywood lies between the M50 motorway and the N11 road, about a kilometre north of where they fork from the M11. Cherrywood is divided by the R118 regional road which runs northeast to southwest through the area, crossing the N11 at Wyattville Road and joining the M50 at Junction 16. The business park (originally Cherrywood Science and Technology Park and later The Campus Cherrywood) lies south of this road and there is a residential zone to the north.

HistoryEdit

Cherrywood is being formed around the business park, in a deliberate process under a Cherrywood-Carrickmines Local Area Plan, the 2004 and later County Development Plans, and a related Cherrywood-Rathmichael Area Plan. Cherrywood is designated as a District Centre, and limits apply to certain forms of development there.[citation needed] In total the business park has an area of approximately 400 acres with, as of 2018, much of it still undeveloped.[citation needed]

Business park developmentEdit

 
Cherrywood Business Park

In 1998 the first office buildings were developed in what was then branded "Cherrywood Business Park". Development proceeded slowly and, as with other planned developments in Ireland, the property crash in 2008 affected Cherrywood.[2] In 2015, when several buildings were still empty while other planned developments were incomplete, some reports described parts of the development as a "ghost town".[3]

New managementEdit

In 2012, investors created a new management company to market the area again after the collapse of Liam Carroll's development company.[4] This was backed by AIB Bank and Danske Bank (parent company of National Irish Bank). Parts of the area received a facelift,[citation needed] and the "facilities building", which had previously only housed a food outlet, was expanded to include a gym.[5] Most of the main office buildings are owned by the same company.[6]

A new master plan was made[7] and approved by the local authority, including plans for over 1,200 apartments and over 500,000 square feet of commercial space, including a hotel.[8]

Rebranding and further developmentEdit

 
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen at the opening of Cherrywood Luas station in 2010

Following a €145m acquisition by Spear Street Capital of the eight office blocks comprising the development in January 2018, the business park was rebranded as "The Campus Cherrywood". Proceeds from the deal were later used to develop the surrounding area.[9]

Plans to open a new life-sciences incubation and acceleration facility in the area were announced in October 2021.[10] The new facility was planned to provide 18 labs and 9 offices over 30,000 square feet of space, and create 100 jobs in the sector.[11]

Major tenantsEdit

The main tenant in the development is Dell, which has its "Dublin Campus" at Cherrywood. Other notable tenants include Aviva, Elavon, and Ireland-based multinational IT and consulting company, Accenture.[12]

TransportEdit

LuasEdit

The Luas Green Line was extended from Sandyford to Cherrywood. Construction started in February 2007 and the line became operational on 16 October 2010.[13] There are two Luas stops in Cherrywood: the eponymous Cherrywood, and the current terminus at Brides Glen.

AmenitiesEdit

As of mid-2018, facilities included an all-weather multi-purpose playing pitch, a sports pavilion, tennis courts, cycle paths and greenways. Three parks were in formation, with more than 3,000 trees already planted.[8] By 2021, four parks were under development, Tully Park and Lehaunstown Park, named for nearby localities, Ticknick Park and Beckett Park.[14]

Permission having been granted for a first primary school, a 24-classroom facility,[8] as of October 2021 the building was under construction and a reduced version of the school operating out of temporary premises.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coill na Silíní / Cherrywood". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Plans approved for €1 billion development in former ghost town Cherrywood". thejournal.ie. The Journal. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019. Cherrywood never lived up to the Celtic Tiger hype that was promised – though the area drew in many residents, development there halted after the [2008] crash
  3. ^ "There's a brand new plan to make former ghost town Cherrywood look more like New York". thejournal.ie. The Journal. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ Irishtimes: Cherrywood development to proceed, 9 May 2012. Visited: 31 May 2012
  5. ^ Property.ie website on Facilities Building, visited 31-5-2012
  6. ^ Offering of available commercial buildings on Cherrywood Dublin website
  7. ^ Master plan on Cherrywood development website, visited 13 January, 2018
  8. ^ a b c Barry, Aoife (31 May 2018). "Plans approved for €1 billion development in former ghost town Cherrywood". thejournal.ie. Journal Media. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Hines secures €145m from sale of Cherrywood offices". independent. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  10. ^ O'Brien, Ciara. "New life sciences incubation and acceleration facility to open in Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  11. ^ Goodbody, Will (6 October 2021). "100 new jobs at life sciences incubator and accelerator". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Office Occupiers - Office to rent Dublin". The Campus Cherrywood. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  13. ^ LUAS extension Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ a b "About - Location, Building and Community". Cherrywood Educate Together National School. Retrieved 26 October 2021. Tully Park ... Ticknick Park - Beckett Park - Lehaunstown Park ..

SourcesEdit

  • Dún Laoghaire, Dublin: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2004; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Sections 1 and 3