Dublin’s Docklands Authority has today formally launched plans to develop a floating village marina and swimming pool on the River Liffey.

David Higgins, director of finance at the local authority, said the project was part of the ‘River Regeneration Strategy’ for Dublin Docklands.

The Liffey runs through the heart of Dublin and has been undergoing regeneration and reclamation for more than 20 years following such heavy pollution that it was dubbed the ‘Sniffy Liffey’.

Sniffy Liffey no more

‘In 2001 we introduced a water based regeneration strategy with the objective of maximising the amenity potential of the River Liffey. Already we have acquired the Jeanie Johnston; launched the Liffey Voyage and River Liffey Taxi service; developed the quayside areas and Dublin City Moorings; opened the Cill Airne restaurant, and held many river based events,’ he said.

‘We want to continue to attract visitors to the Docklands area and are actively considering the establishment of a floating marina and swimming pool as part of this process.’

Feasibility studies still needed

The authority is seeking expression of interest for engineering design and business consultancy services for the proposed development but said plans were still at an early stage of consideration and a specific location has yet to be decided.

It will look for proposals on the potential design, development and installation of the marina as well as an analysis of the project’s social and economic feasibility. Interested parties can provide submissions for both or either one of these services and the closing date is Friday 14 March.

Higgins said it hoped to begin construction next year following a full consultation with Dublin City Council, Dublin Port and the various community, business, conservation and environment interests in the Docklands area.