IT TOOK A LONG TIME
Francis Street in Dublin’s Liberties district underwent a significant regeneration project over a period of years, transforming the street into a more pedestrian-friendly and visually appealing destination. The project focused on enhancing the street’s public realm, improving accessibility, and introducing sustainable elements.
Widened Footpaths and Kerb Buildouts: Francis Street’s footpaths were significantly widened, creating a more spacious and inviting environment for pedestrians. Kerb buildouts were also added along the street, providing additional seating and visual interest.
Landscaping and Sustainable Drainage Measures (SUDs): The street was adorned with a variety of landscaping elements, including new trees, planters, and flowerbeds. These enhancements not only enhanced the aesthetics of the street but also contributed to its sustainability by absorbing rainwater and reducing surface runoff.
Improved Lighting and Street Furniture: The street’s lighting was upgraded with new, energy-efficient fixtures, providing better illumination and a more welcoming atmosphere. New street furniture, such as benches, bins, and signage, was also installed, contributing to the street’s overall aesthetic appeal.
Enhanced Pedestrian Crosswalks and Ramps: The project included the construction of raised pedestrian crossings and ramps, making it easier for people with disabilities and mobility issues to navigate the street safely.
Resurfacing and Traffic Management: The carriageway was resurfaced to provide a smoother and more durable surface for both pedestrians and vehicles. Traffic management measures were also implemented to reduce congestion and prioritise pedestrian movement.
Overall Impact: The regeneration of Francis Street has transformed the street into a vibrant and inviting destination, attracting more visitors and businesses to the area. The improved public realm, enhanced accessibility, and sustainable elements have further enhanced the street’s appeal and established it as a key part of Dublin’s cultural and historical landscape.