Father Collins Park for Dublin City Council

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

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, Father Collins Park was Highly Commended at the Opus Awards, and was awarded Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative and Best Public Park by the Local Authority Members Association.

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.