Social and Economic Regeneration
The delivery of the new physical spaces and places in Grangegorman is only the beginning of what this major project will bring. The regenerative benefits are extensive with some of them highlighted below.
New and improved primary care and local outreach community services will result in better clinical outcomes for local residents and also specifically address unique local health problems such as those pocket areas with very high percentages of people with disabilities.
A new primary school and a new third level institution will increase educational participation rates at upper secondary level and at third level. DIT is a unique national institution in the breadth and depth of courses it provides, from craft apprenticeship training to doctoral degrees. It operates a large community links programme with over 20 staff involved in creating initiatives to address educational disadvantages. A very successful example of such a programme is the DISC project which has established computer resources in 39 inner-city disadvantaged primary and secondary schools.
The employment opportunities arising from this development will be very large:
- 4,500 cumulative construction jobs.
- 160 long term jobs from retail, sports, childcare and student residences.
- 1000 jobs, with a strong emphasis on science and technology, in the mixed-use development that will be created at Broadstone.
An employment opportunities study has already been commissioned by a group of local organisations known as the Joint Implementation Group (including the GDA, DIT, HSE, FÁS, VEC, and the local community partnership group) so as to devise the best strategy that will enable the local community to avail of all the employment opportunities that will emerge.
Improved Public Transport Infrastructure
The extension of the planned city centre Luas line BX to Grangegorman and beyond is a direct consequence of the Grangegorman development which will provide the critical mass of transport users that pivotally supports the economic case for the new line. Significant advantages will result for local residents and new business generating opportunities will arise from a line that integrates with the main line rail, the Metro North, the red and green Luas lines, and the city centre bus hub.