A series of public realm improvements are now being consider to revive the commercial area of Dolphin’s Barn. A redesign of the crossroads of Dolphin’s Barn and South Circular Road is proposed including widened pavements, the creation of new public spaces, tree planting and greening, improved street furniture, improved crossings and greater pedestrian priority. The project received its planning permission in 2018 and is earmarked for 2020. In addition to streetworks, an initiative to improve shopfronts and commercial premises is underway.
The improvements will also extend to Cork Street. A study has been commission to look at ways to enhance public space and ‘green’ what is largely a traffic-dominated street. New additions have already been made, including Weaver Park and the new landscaped area to the front of the former St Luke’s Church (now Thomas Burgh House).