In the Docklands, the Council Teams up with Google to Revamp Barrow Street

April 5, 2022

Dublin City Council has worked with Google on new plans for Barrow Street in the Docklands, where many of the buildings are owned by the tech giant.
The new scheme to redo the street, which runs between Grand Canal Street Upper and Ringsend Road, may cost around €8 million, said Derek Dixon, a council engineer, at a meeting of the council’s South East Area Committee on Monday.
The bill would be split between Google and the council, Dixon said.
Having private companies chip in to cover the costs of redesigning public streets is a model that could be rolled out further, Dixon told councillors.
While the benefits of the Barrow Street plan – its emphasis on sustainable drainage and greening, in particular – drew praise from councillors, some also sounded notes of caution.
Not least, a fear that pursuing this way of doing up public spaces could lead to some parts of the city being favoured over others, and some needs, too.Find out more here.