Environment & Placemaking

Sandyford Business District prioritises the importance of creating an attractive environment for businesses and families to locate in the area and promotes ‘Placemaking’ as a key driver for delivering imaginative, sustainable and appropriate projects to enhance the area. The board and key stakeholders are participating in a Placemaking & Mobility Programme with experts on successful projects in European and American districts to develop a ‘Programme for Sandyford’ for the next 5 years.

Following the District being designated Smart Sandyford as part of the Smart Dublin programme for the four local authorities, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin Enable Research Centre, appointed a Smart Programme Manager in 2019.

Over the last 2 years as part of our Placemaking programme we have introduced

•Bracken Road Pocket Park & Scéal Trail

•Blackthorn Park including Children’s Playground

•Yellow Canopies (3)

•Picnic Tables & Benches (6)

•Rectangle Benches (13)

•Bike Racks (4)

With more pocket parks to come on Ballymoss Road and Arkle Road later this summer ‘23

Environment & Placemaking

Recent projects include:

  • The Pocket Forest in Naomh Ólaf GAA club where we planted over 400 trees earlier this year
  • Blackthorn Park: new park and children’s playground
  • Bracken Park: pocket park with yellow canopies for shelter, picnic tables and benches, planting and the council’s art piece Scéal Trail (story trail) especially for children
  • South County Park: pocket park at the entrance with water feature and wildflower meadows
  • Signage Programme: 85 road signs, 10 business parks banner signs and 3 district gateway signs
  • Landscaping: a variety of landscaping projects including herbaceous borders, over 10 new flower beds created in Stillorgan Business Park.
  • A variety of insect hotels surrounded by bee friendly plantings
  • Maintenance: to augment the council’s services provided, we continuously maintain grass verges, conduct tree maintenance and collect litter as part of an ongoing supplementary maintenance programme