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Green Cities Campaign

Date: 11/03/2022

After the successful virtual launch of the Green Cities campaign in June, the major activities for the remainder of the year consisted of selecting candidates for the European Green Cities Award, and the Irish Green Cities award.

Dublin Landings was nominated to represent Ireland at the prestigious European Green Cities Award. The project was designed by Arrow Architects, Henry J Lyons, and RKD Architects, and the landscaping was installed by  Peter O'Brien & Sons Landscaping Ltd. The development was selected in recognition of its understanding of the role played by plant material in underpinning the social, economic and environmental fabric of urban life. With the nomination Dublin Landings competed with twelve other countries for the European Green Cities award, at a live event in Brussels in December.  The event was opened with a speech from the ENA-president Mr. Henk Raaijmakers and Mr. Norbert Lins, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI Committee).

 The winner of the European Green Cities Award 2021 was announced by Mr. César Luena, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee). Although Dublin Landings wasn’t successful, it was still recognised by an award for taking part in the competition.

For the  Irish green Cities Ward 2022, an Irish maritime-inspired building project was  recognised for its ambition and innovation in the area of green landscaping and urban greening, The Opus Building at Hanover Quay in Dublin 2 was submitted by McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, who worked with Cairn Homes and AIT Urbanism + Landscape on delivering the project. The Irish Green Cities Award highlights domestic green infrastructure projects on a European stage. The Opus Building will represent Ireland at the European Green Cities Award 2022.

The Opus Building is a maritime inspired residential development that provides a wide range of high-end quality apartments. It received the award for its curvilinear expression, transparency to the street, and generous, green residential amenities. Judges were particularly impressed with the generous landscaped roof gardens and communal areas that provide residents with a beautiful oasis of calm and stunning views. The European style landscaped courtyard, allows the building to break the stereotype of urban living - being an exemplary addition to its neighbourhood and the city as a whole.