Father Collins Park is a park for the people. It provides amenities for children, young people and adults of all ages.
- Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne, May 2009
Including everything from a circuit track, to a skate park, from an amphitheatre to a wetland, with our client Dublin City Council, M.CO co-designed and delivered the 55-acre Father Collin’s Park in Dublin’s North Fringe: Ireland’s first sustainable energy park and the first public park to be built in Dublin since 1890, leading the way in the planning of public amenities.
Shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2011, Father Collins Park was Highly Commended at the Opus 2009 Awards, and was awarded Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative and Best Public Park by the Local Authority Members Association.
Working with our partners Ar. Arq. (Argentina) this five-year project, completed in 2009, took the lead in demonstrating sustainable wind turbine technology in Ireland.
The design concept emphasises park unity and integration into the North Fringe area as well as energy sustainability. It uses five no.50kW wind turbines to power its systems, saving an estimated 320 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
It’s landscaped with native planting and durable construction materials. The wetlands eco-system naturally filters and cleans water drained through a series of reed beds and other flora as part of a recycling system that replenishes and keeps clean the lake and water features.
The park provides the local community with family, sports and cultural facilities including:
— 2 children’s playgrounds
— Free outdoor gym facilities, including 6 health stations and a 1.5km circuit track
— 5 playing fields, a ‘green roof’ changing facilities building and a skatepark
— Picnic areas and permanent chess tables
— A stage and amphitheatre outdoor performance venue
Awarded through a major international design competition, M.CO were the only Irish company to be shortlisted. Achieving a Special Commendation in second place, we subsequently formed a Dublin-based company with the competition winners Ar. Arq. (Argentina), called Ar. Arq. Ireland, to design and project manage the project to completion.