The Docklands has over recent years been regenerated into a modern business hub. The area has over 600 enterprises with new companies moving in every month. The recent unban regeneration has transformed the Docklands into an innovative built environment and a uniquely modern area in which to do business.
New infrastructure, such as the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the LUAS Docklands extension, has made the area more accessible. New venues, including the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, the refurbished O2 Arena and the Convention Centre Dublin have all become modern Dublin landmarks. In tandem with the presence of national and international leaders in the finance, legal, digital and communications sectors, the docklands has become a vibrant working and living district in the city of Dublin.
Some projects under construction/planned are:
- Spencer Dock, This development is said to be the biggest and most ambitious urban regeneration project in Ireland's history and is planned to include waterside apartments, offices, retail space, a linear park and local amenities for leisure activities. It is also the location of the Convention Centre Dublin.
- Point Village, a redevelopment beside The Point Depot, it is intended to house a 120m tower, a hotel, a shopping centre, 13,000 m² of office space, a 3-story underground car park, a 12-screen cinema a "U2 Experience" Museum and more.
- Grand Canal Dock, an area in Ringsend which is currently undergoing redevelopment with such projects as Alto Vetro, Montevetro, Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Theatre and more.
Projects on hold/cancelled:
- U2 Tower, Also known as Britain Quay Tower, is intended to be the tallest building on the island of Ireland when it is finished at an estimated 180m. It will also house U2's new recording studio. As of April 2009 this project appears to be on hold due to the Late-2000s recession.
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) rail service has four local Dockland stations. Connolly Station north of the River Liffey and Tara Street Station south of the River are within five minutes' walk of the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Docklands. At peak times, the DART runs every 10 minutes. Pearse Street Station and Grand Canal Dock Station service the remainder of South Docklands and are adjacent to or within minutes walking distance to some the Docklands largest companies including Google and Accenture.
An extension of the Luas, Dublin’s tram service, runs from the city centre along Mayor Street right into the heart of northside Docklands. It has Docklands stops at Georges Dock, Mayor Square, Spenser Dock and terminates at the Point adjacent to the 02 Arena and the Gibson Hotel. At peak times the Docklands Luas extension runs every four minutes.
Iarnród Éireann opened a train station in the area in 2007. The Docklands railway station commenced service on 12 March 2007, and serves the Maynooth commuter rail line (except Drumcondra station) as far as the M3 Parkway.
There are numerous hotels in the Dublin Docklands area located on both sides of the river. The Gibson Hotel (4 star) is the closest hotel to the O2 Concert Venue, while the Clarion Hotel IFSC (4 star) and Jury’s Inn Custom House (3 star) are both close to the newly opened Convention Centre Dublin.
On the south side of the river there is the Maldron Hotel (4 star) on Cardiff Lane and the Marker Hotel (5 star) on Grand Canal Square both close to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Also on this side of the river are the Ferryman Hotel (2 star) above the Ferryman Pub, one of a handful of old landmarks in the Docklands and the Grand Canal Hotel is located close to the Grand Canal Theatre.
Docklands Business Forum
The Docklands Business Forum is the business association for the Dublin Docklands and is recognised as the primary business organisation by the Dublin Docklands Area Master Plan 2008. With a membership representing over 35,000 employees, including many of the key national and international players in the finance, legal, digital and communications sectors, the DBF is a key stakeholder in the Docklands’ area.
The aims and objectives of the DBF are:
1. To be the representative voice of business in the Docklands area; 2. To be a networking facility for businesses in the docklands area; 3. To initiate joint marketing programmes promoting our member’s products and services to the Docklands community and beyond; 4. To promote the Docklands as a great place to visit and enjoy as an end destination; 5. To encourage local businesses continued involvement with the local community and environment; 6. To promote and encourage the development of an enterprise culture within the Docklands; 7. To connect Docklands Business with the wider Dublin Area.
The DBF has, over recent years, built a network of local commercial organisations, and made a point of engaging with many semi states, non-profits, clubs, associations and enthusiasts of all persuasions to further their goals.
The Steering Committee is elected at the Docklands Business Forum AGM each year. Its role is to provide policy, governance and oversight for the Forum. It is a non executive committee and its members are not remunerated for their services on the Committee.
- Docklands Business Forum
- Dublin Docklands Development Authority
- The O2
- Gibson Hotel
- Maldron Hotel
- Marker Hotel
- Jury's Inn Custom House
- Grand Canal Hotel
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