The Green in Malahide represents a benchmark in how to successfully deliver a high quality public open space.
While it presented a huge number of technical and logistical challenges, not least of which was the global pandemic, the scheme is a shining example of best practice. “The project tested us,” quipped company Director, Peter O’Toole, who oversaw the project. “We’ve built larger schemes, but the Green represented a leap forward in delivering a project of such significant engineering complexity. We count ourselves lucky to have the necessary skills and knowledge in-house, but also to have worked with such an amazing project team from Fingal County Council and Murray and Associates,” Peter’s perspective is shared by everyone who worked on the project, “I took over as lead project manager when Paddy Smyth retired [after over 30 years],” says Raivis Linins. “We had a great team but we also had a great local community, who were supportive, patient and enthusiastic throughout the build. This made it a joy to be part of”.
The scheme itself had been designed by Murray and Associates and in planning for several years. An open paved plaza overlooking the marina is accessed by two bisecting paved paths connected to the main village shopping areas. Existing trees were retained and enhanced with tree, shrub and perennial planting. Raised, oval corten planters with integrated hardwood seating flank the main entrance point and are enhanced with contemporary benches along the main paths. “Of note in the scheme is the 3000M2 of natural stone paving, which required 70 loads of high-strength concrete and a team of Ireland’s top paving specialists to install. Bespoke lighting also added to the contemporary feel,” commented Peter. The scheme also includes curved concrete seating set into mounds facing out to the sea.
“We’re based in Malahide”, says company director Ciaran O’Brien. “In many ways, the Green is the community’s garden and it was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to complete the work on behalf of Fingal County Council and the local residents. Personally speaking, it gives me a great sense of pride every time I’m in the village.”
Drone footage of the completed project
A selection of photos capturing the project build