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The Hidden Room venue was Pigeon House Hotel Pigeon House Road, Dublin 4. Constructed in 1793 the Pigeon House Hotel embodies great feats of 18th century maritime engineering, military and industrial heritage.

The guest speaker was Arthur Huang, the discussion was chaired by Kate Cronin, and the DCC client was Helen McNamara. A full list of participants is below.

The group explored the following issue:

The Pigeon House Powerstation and Hotel site is an underused 2.2 hectare precinct on a small river dock close to the Poolbeg chimneys on the Poolbeg peninsula located in Dublin’s south east docklands.  ‘It forms one of the most striking industrial architecture complexes in the city. The site and buildings have huge potential for reuse’ (Shaffrey, Dublin Electricity Generating Station Conservation Plan and Reuse Study).

In its planning application for the Poolbeg Waste to Energy plant adjacent, Dublin City Council undertook to ‘prepare a development brief in consultation with the local community and seek development proposals from the private sector’ for the Pigeon House site.

What sustainable and inventive uses could be proposed for the Pigeon House Precinct, that could provide benefits to the local community and citizens of Dublin as a whole? What first steps can be taken towards preparing a Development Brief for 2015?



Devise a 2015 pilot initiative that demonstrates sustainability in action on the site of the Pigeon House Precinct; that can inform a site development brief and activate its transformation into a premier Dublin destination.

Please see the group’s key slide plenary session presentation below.


Arthur Huang - Guest Speaker

Cllr Claire Byrne

Darragh Lynch

Cllr Dermot Lacey

Eulich McGeown - Visualiser

Grainne Shaffrey

Helen Connolly

Helen McNamara - DCC Client

Joe Hayden

Johnny Ryan

Kate Cronin - Chair

Mark Bennett

Matt Carroll

Neil McCabe

Owen Keegan

Pauline Riordan

Sarah Miller

Sinéad Cullen

William Anthony Brennan


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