The location for the hotel at Holmpatrick Cove hotel could rival any of the most scenic hotels in Ireland, yet it is a mere 40 minutes drive from Dublin city centre. From the hotel, guests could watch the tide as it ebbs and flows, linking Shennick Island to the coast at low tide and returning it to its island status at full tide. Sunrises are spectacular over the islands as indeed are the full moons. Holmpatrick Cove would offer the ideal escape right on Dublin's doorstep.
The proposed hotel in the Masterplan will be located on the south-eastern corner of the site, with unencumbered access to the coast and panoramic sea views, with parking to the rear. It is envisaged that a Boutique style hotel would be appropriate for this unique location and would greatly benefit the town of Skerries, where there is no hotel at present where weddings and other family events can be celebrated.
The hotel could be built in a phased manner or all at once. The first phase will consist of 21 bedrooms with associated dining, bar, coffee shop and front of house. The second and subsequent phases will follow at a later stage incorporating other elements, such as an art gallery, heritage elements and multipurpose meeting and conference facilities.
Sunrises are spectacular over the islands as indeed are the full moons. Holmpatrick Cove would offer the ideal escape right on Dublin's doorstep.
The architectural language of the proposed hotel will reflect the overall Masterplan theme, with an emphasis on contemporary architecture. East facing windows, large terraced decks and landscaped formal gardens at the front, will capture the unhindered coastal views. The hotel will be built into the slope of the hill, with sedum planted roofs. The hotel will have access to and use of, the kitchen garden.
The Masterplan incorporates a Swimming Pool and Gym to be located adjacent to the hotel. The pool, fitness centre/gym are directly linked and shared with the hotel. Given the drop in level across the site, it is proposed to have entry level via an upper terrace, with the lower level facing the park and sea views. The Swimming Pool will have public access hours for the benefit of the local community. Parking will be separate from the hotel parking, and will also be used for public parking to access the park and training grounds.
The design of the swimming pool and gym will complement the hotel with similar architectural language and use of materials. Low pitched sedum roofs can be used in conjunction with large east facing windows and terraces/winter gardens.
The Masterplan shows how a low density of 24 residential units can be accommodated on the lands. Using best practice in sustainable design the houses will be designed using a contemporary language appropriate to both climate and setting. Examples of this style of architecture can be seen throughout Ireland but almost exclusively as one-off houses. Holmpatrick Cove is a unique development in Ireland which aims to showcase great architecture in a spectacular location.
The houses are set around a communal open space for shared use. Using a "Homezone" design strategy, priority will be given to pedestrian and cyclists over cars. This strategy helps create a greater sense of community and ownership of the street. It is particularly applicable to small clusters of residential units, such as at Holmpatrick Cove.
The sloping nature of the site ensures that all houses will benefit from sea views with split level and stepped house sections. There will be a variety of house sizes and types. Individual buildings will be distinctive yet there will be a commonality of architectural language and aesthetic. All houses will have good south and west facing private gardens and courtyard areas. Semi enclosed private courtyards and the L shaped house plans will create outdoor rooms that are integral to the interior living spaces.
Also proposed on the lands is a kitchen garden. This would be a community facility to be shared by the hotel and proposed new residences.
The landscape strategy and the proposed uses for the public open space have been set out in the Masterplan and agreed by Fingal County Council, who will ultimately have control and ownership of the public lands. The proposed uses of these lands include a Coastal Park, which will stretch along the natural coastline. This park provides new sports facilities for the residents of Skerries, including USGA Standard Youths Training Pitches, and several walking and jogging loops as well as a picnic area. It is hoped that the Coastal Walkway element will eventually be extended to link Skerries to Loughshinny, making that wonderful stretch of coastline accessible to all and adding greatly to the tourism potential in the area.
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