Spencer Place, Dublin

Spencer Place occupies a unique location within the Spencer Docks regeneration area, which is located on the northern banks of the River Liffey in the city of Dublin. The site acts as a pivotal link to public transport, Central Square Park, the River Liffey and other key buildings.

The site transformed a 20 hectare waterfront regeneration area set within the heart of Dublin. In addition to an improved transport network, the open spaces are linked to a one kilometre linear park. Spencer Dock is now home to the National Conference Centre of Ireland.

A masterplan was developed to create a coherent landscape and public realm encompassing a series of connected spaces and streets around which a new sustainable community could grow and be embraced.

The design added social and environmental value by creating inclusive and accessible new places in mixed-use environment with a broad range of facilities and amenities available to all. It was important to deliver a development sensitive to its context while enhancing the sense of safety and security within. Beyond the development it was necessary to connect inaccessible and run down areas to new amenities of beneficial public use, boosting civic pride and revitalising urban heritage.

All apartments are accessed along a landscaped central pedestrian walkway leading to one of four courtyards from which residents can directly access their stair cores.