CURRENT STATUS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BROADSTONE TRAM STOP - DO NOT MENTION THE WALL [18 OCTOBER 2017]
I have seen a number of newspaper reports that are critical of the design and build quality of the Luas Cross-City system and in many cases I do not agree with the media analysis or complaints.
One thing that is really annoying about comment in Ireland is that in general people wait until it is too late to change things before they start complaining and of course they never look at the plans or models. They never attend public meetings relating to the planned project. For example politicians and newspapers have only recently started to complain about the clusters of utility cabinets for the Luas at College Green and elsewhere and have begun to refer to them as mini-stonehenges. If you visit any tram stop you will notice that there are many cabinets
About a year ago locals in the Phibsboro and Broadstone organised a protest against what they described as a ‘Berlinesque’ wall that had been erected as part of Luas Stop at Broadstone. Their concern related to a wall that had been in front of the attractive 19th century Broadstone railway station. It was an ugly wall consisting of raw concrete. It was good that the locals did protest as soon as they noticed the construct but it is possible that the wall was never intended to be permanent and that it was there to protect construction workers from Buses using the Bus Depot.
Official Statement Reads As Follows:
Wall at Broadstone – DIT Luas Stop:
Further to a number of queries and comments received from members of the public regarding the wall currently under construction between the Broadstone – DIT Luas Stop and the Broadstone building, TII wish to confirm that, as part of the finalisation of all of the design elements for the Broadstone area, we have been actively developing design solutions which provide visibility of the Broadstone building from the Constitution Hill, Kings Inn direction. TII have also engaged with Dublin City Council and the Grangegorman Development Agency throughout the design process. TII also wish to note that once passenger operations commence on the Luas Cross City scheme tram passengers will start to use the stop area directly in front of this wall and, in that regard, compliance with public safety and structural requirements places constraints on our designs – safety being paramount in all design decisions.
In relation to the current appearance of the wall we confirm that the part of the wall that is currently visible on site is the structural concrete core of the wall and that, in the final configuration, this structural element will be clad in a natural stone cladding such that the concrete will not be visible.
We will keep you updated via the LCC website in relation to developments with the design of this wall.