KCAP selected for Masterplan Development at Dublin Airport

KCAP together with an international expert team has been selected to develop a masterplan underpinning the planning and development of a 70 ha site, centrally located adjacent to Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, Ireland. The masterplan will facilitate the regeneration of this area of Dublin Airport and the development of High Technology facilities such as offices, research and development centres and associated manufacturing units.

‘The Masterplan must create a vision for the physical regeneration of this centrally located site and provide a framework that will enable Dublin Airport to be a location of choice taking a leading role in the next wave of sustainable economic development and provide exemplar accommodation appealing to both domestic and international occupiers,’ states Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

Dublin Airport first opened its doors in 1940 and passenger traffic has steadily grown to approximately 20 million passengers per year. The supporting development was largely focused on the airside operation, and the opportunity is to now focus on the central landside site as part of the masterplan.

Similar to other European airports, Dublin Airport has the potential to become a business centrality within the Dublin agglomeration forming a meeting place for global exchange. ‘Well-developed examples are Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Zurich, where the sheer focus on aviation has been extended with offices and hotel functions, a public transport hub, retail, restaurants and entertainment,’ says Kees Christiaanse, founding partner of KCAP.

The project team consists of KCAP Architects&Planners (masterplanning), McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects (project management, local architect), Atelier Dreiseitl (landscape, ecology and hydrology), ARUP (mobility, economy, utilities, sustainability), Maurits Schaafsma (airport development consultant), Bannon Property Consultants with Simon O’Donnell (property and development consultants) and Stephen Little & Associates (Town Planning Consultants) .

The masterplan will be completed towards the end of 2013.