CRA Notice Re: DCC Proposal Dublin Bay Discovery Centre

18 Dec 2017

Dublin City Council is looking at developing a Discovery Centre at Bull Island – see their background note below. We, along with a number of other groups in the surrounding area, were invited to an initial meeting outlining the concept behind the project and the stages in the development of the plans.  

Click here to access the leaflet that was handed out at the meeting. 

In advance of the design development of the planning application DCC want to know: 

  • your views on the project? 
  • what do you think of the proposal? 
  • whether there is anything else that the proposal should include? 

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the planning and design process from the outset as opposed to reacting to an already completed design. We would encourage all residents to study the PDF, to familiarise themselves with the proposal and to make their views known. 

CRA will be making a submission on this proposal. In order to accurately reflect members views on this matter, please cc us on your email to DCC or email your comments directly to us at so that we can incorporate them into our submission. 

Background note from DCC

“Dublin City Council are about to enter in the process of developing the design and planning required for a proposed UNESCO Dublin Bay Discovery Centre at Bull Island. A feasibility study was completed in 2014 looking at issues such as location, design, uses, international comparisons, costs, operations etc. It is now our intention to appoint a multi-skilled design team in 2018 to develop the concept for the Discovery Centre through to detailed design, procurement and construction. Separately in the event that an EIA is required for the project we would intend appointing an EIA team to work in parallel with the design team ahead of a potential planning submission to An Bord Pleanála.

Throughout this process, there will be a need to consult and seek feedback from a range of stakeholders, including the local community and businesses.”

“The centre will tell the story of the Bull Island and its unique landscape, history, culture and community. The centre will explore through exciting exhibits, interactive displays and guide engagement the island’s history, flora and fauna. The Discovery Centre will include a research centre, an education wing, an exhibition/event space, café and restaurant, shop and extensive viewing areas.”