Teeling Whiskey Company – New Distillery in The Liberties, Dublin 8

Image courtesy of Teeling Whiskey Company and georgeboyledesigns

Image courtesy of Teeling Whiskey Company and georgeboyledesigns

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds (CSR) has recently been involved in obtaining planning permission for an exciting and innovative micro craft distillery and visitor centre in the Liberties, Dublin. The development is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years, and will reintroduce the distilling of traditional Irish pot still whiskey, to its ‘spiritual home’ in Dublin’s inner city.

CSR were appointed by the Teeling Whiskey Company to oversee and manage the planning application, and to advise on planning policy.

CSR advised the client to lodge one application for distillery and visitor centre instead of splitting the two elements as originally envisaged by the Teeling Whiskey Company presenting a stronger planning and regenerative case to the Dublin City Council and saving both time and money for the client. Extensive work was undertaken by CSR to clarify the zoning, the planning status of the site, and the acceptability of the proposed use on that zoning given the scheme’s regenerative potential in the inner city.

The planning application, under the supervision of CSR, was lodged at the end of September and planning permission granted in December 2013.

CSR are proud to have been involved in this first if its kind in Dublin for over a century.

Mardyke Gardens – Fitzgerald Park, Cork

The historic Mardyke Gardens within Fitzgerald Park, Cork are currently undergoing a revamp with an upgrade to the new

Mardyke Masterplan - CSR

Mardyke Masterplan – CSR

entrance lawn area outside the Museum and the creation of a new café garden along the River Lee.

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds have led a multidisciplinary design team in developing the redesign of the park since 2012 for

Cork City Council. The aim of the project is to enhance the role of the historic Mardyke Gardens as a iconic visitor attraction through the creation of new contemporary gardens, an extensive new performance area and enhancement of older features and areas within the park, (right).

Cork International Expo 1902 - 1903

Cork International Expo 1902 – 1903

In recognition of the park’s history as the venue for the 1902 Cork International Exhibition (left), our design team re-imagined the gardens as a venue and destination fit for the 21st century. The team designed spaces that could cater for large outdoor public events and performances as well as smaller garden spaces of exceptional design quality, reaffirming Mardyke Garden’s place within the city as a venue and setting for public celebrations, exhibitions and spectacles.

Mardyke Fountain - CSR

Mardyke Fountain – CSR

Already the existing listed fountain (above), within the park has been restored.

Mardyke Pavilion and Lawn - CSR

Mardyke Pavilion and Lawn – CSR

The entrance lawn (above), with its new pavilion and the new café garden (below), are under construction.

Mardyke Cafe Garden - CSR

Mardyke Cafe Garden – CSR

Potential future phases will see restoration of the existing pond including the creation of new focal points at its southern and northern extremities, upgrading of the riverside promenade and re-furbishment of the walled garden.

Slade Valley Heritage Trail

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds (CSR) DSC_0032has been appointed along with Roughan & O’Donovan engineers and Tourism Development International to investigate the feasibility and, identify route and design options for a Slade Valley Heritage Trail in South County Dublin.

It is envisioned that the trail would provide a multi-purpose recreation facility for local residents, accessing the rich natural and cultural heritage of the valley and reinforcing the historic links between the three communities of Brittas, Saggart and Rathcoole. The trail would also be intended to attract visitors to the area for the benefit of local businesses.

The Slade Heritage Trail Steering Group is made up of representatives of the three communities, along with South Dublin County Council, represented by the Heritage Officer Rosaleen Dwyer.

Work on the project has commenced and it is intended to complete the study by the end of 2013.

The same consultant team led by CSR is in the final stage of a similar Heritage Trail planning study for the Nore River Valley in Co. Kilkenny.

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds Achieve Substantial Reduction in Development Contributions for a Small Business

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds has successfully achieved a reduction of over 60% in the development contributions for a small business from Dublin City Council. Our client wished to convert part of their house to a commercial use, and had obtained planning permission in 2011 to do so at a prohibitively expensive cost. They had been levied nearly €20,000 in development contributions rendering the scheme unviable. CSR has obtained a grant of permission for the change of use with a development contribution reduced to €7,300.

Park Atlantic Parks and Green Areas Sustainable Management Action Plan

park atlanticIn January 2012 Cunnane Stratton Reynolds (CSR) was appointed to prepare the Park Atlantic Parks and Green Areas Sustainable Management Action Plan. The project required CSR to prepare action plans for the five Park Atlantic partner cities, namely Limerick, Angers and Pau in France, Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Vila Nove de Famalicao in Portugal. CSR was appointed by the Mid West Regional Authority in Ireland, with funding from INTERREG and the city councils of the five partner cities. The project was completed in November 2012.


CSR teamed up with Ainhoa Gonzalez (providing GIS, languages and research), Michael Cregan (landscape architect with extensive exeprience of working with and for local authorities) and Optimize Economic Consultants for the project.


The project team analysed the parks and green area resources and the management structures of each of the five cites in the form of a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and conducted site visits and interviews with local authority staff to identify best practice in parks and green areas management as well as any weaknesses in the cities’ policy and practice. This work was supplemented by research into international practice, and a theoretical toolkit of best practice in local authority parks and green areas management was prepared.


The toolkit addresses policy areas such as green infrastructure, sustainable urban drainage (green streets, green roofs, etc.), urban landscape character and legibility, promotion of good landscape and urban design, the urban forest, urban agriculture, community participation, economic valuation of parks and green areas, resources and funding for development and management, etc. Each policy area is discussed and references to good practice and further reading are provided.


The five cities were then evaluated against the toolkit of best practice and any requirements or opportunities for improvements in parks and green areas management policy (including planning and development) and practice were identified in the form of an action plan. The action plan for each city is divided into strategic, medium and short term actions, with the responsible parties identified along with monitoring indicators against which to measure the success of the actions over time.


In the final report CSR also includes a discussion of the history of public parks provision and the multiple values of parks and green areas to our cities, asking the question ‘what are parks for?’. The emerging science of economic valuation of parks and green areas is introduced (and explored in greater detail in an appendix prepared by Optimize Economic Consultants). This leads to a discussion of ecosystem services (ESS) and Green Infrstructure (GI) planning as the emerging paradigm in landscape planning and management. 


The final Park Atlantic Action Plan report can be downloaded here: 



Cunnane Stratton Reynolds Obtains Planning Permission for New Lawn Cemetery at Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Cunnane Stratton Reynolds (CSR) has obtained planning permission for a new lawn cemetery at Esker in Lucan, County


Masterplan of Esker Cemetery

Dublin. CSR was originally appointed in September 2010 to design a cemetery on the 2.71ha site. Preliminary site investigations revealed that the site had for a period been used illegally for (inert) waste disposal. CSR’s role was broadened to coordinate the necessary environmental assessments and to bring the project through the planning process.

The suburban site is situated adjacent to the ‘old’ Esker cemetery and across the road from the ‘new’ Esker cemetery which is itself approaching capacity. There is a residential estate to the east, the N4 motorway to the south and to the west an extensive public open space through which the GriffeenRiver flows in a deep valley. The site is zoned High Amenity and is presently used for keeping horses.

The Master Plan

CSR’s design concept for the cemetery seeks to make use of the site’s valuable attributes – including its domed topography, a small stream (currently culverted) which crosses part of the site in a narrow valley and the surrounding landscape features such as the historic cemeteries, the Griffeen River valley and historic planted woodlands – to create a parkland landscape rich in amenity value and biodiversity. The grave plots are divided into blocks by a network of tree-lined roads and paths that follow the site contours. The culverted stream is reintroduced to the surface in a linear water garden enclosed by terraces of premium grave plots. The boundaries are planted with a corridor of native woodland, except along the street frontage where a response is made to the suburban context by improving the streetscape and creating an attractive new ‘place’ at the site entrance. The cemetery buildings, gateway and boundary wall and streetscape paving are deliberately contemporary but understated, and the building features a green roof to minimize its visual impact on a number of taller houses across the road.

CSR appointed Make Use architects to design the cemetery buildings, and Roughan & O’Donovan engineers to address traffic and services including the sensitive issue of site drainage.


CSR submitted a planning application to South Dublin County Council in October 2010. Due to concerns arising over the presence of illegal waste on the site the Council issued a request for further information (RFI) and CSR coordinated the response, which included an Environmental Risk Assessment prepared by Donal Marron (then of White Young Green Ireland) as well as various ecological and arboricultural reports (prepared by Corvus Consulting and Goodwin-Arborist respectively).

South Dublin County Council granted planning permission for the cemetery in October 2011. The decision was appealed by a 3rd party. CSR submitted a response to the appeal and in December 2012 an Bord Pleanala upheld the local authority’s decision, paving the way for development of the cemetery.