Connecting the Port and the City – Dublin Port to open up Port Centre

In a move to reintegrate the Port with the City, Dublin Port have announced details of a new project open up Port Centre for the first time in 35 years and to provide an exciting new public realm.

New Port Centre

This is part of the company’s Masterplan to ‘soften and enliven the Port’s boundaries with the City’.

Work has begun at the Port Centre by the Mayo based company Wills Bros and it’s expected to be complete by September 2017.

The project will involve removing part of the existing boundary wall and create two new pedestrian entry points. These entrances will open out into a new public plaza north of the Port Centre.


Other improvements will include art installations, a landscaped maritime garden and a historic ten-ton Stothert & Pitt crane that will become a new landmark.

James Kelleher, the Project Manager for Dublin Port Company, said “This exciting new project has been designed with the purpose of opening up Port Centre to the City, using new public realm and maritime-inspired sculptural and architectural design to soften the boundaries between the Port and the City.

As Port Centre physically changes for the first time in 35 years, we hope to move another step closer towards re-establishing the links with the City that existed so strongly centuries ago. Here’s to a new chapter for Port Centre and its place within the City.”

This project builds on other recent cultural arts and heritage initiatives run by Dublin Port. These include the re imagining of the Diver Bell on the Quays, the album Starboard Home and visual arts programme Port Perspectives.

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