Case Study

Sport Ireland Campus – Sustainability in the making

Who’s doing it?

Sport Ireland has launched its ‘Masterplan Vision‘, an ambitious blueprint for the growth of its Campus over the next 15–20 years.

What does Sport Ireland’s masterplan cover?

In addition to strengthening the Campus as Ireland’s centre of national sporting excellence and support, maximising community relevance and participation will also be prioritised.

Sustainability considerations

As part of the vision, Sport Ireland has pledged to support Ireland’s UN-driven carbon emission commitments and “to become a leader in addressing our climate change emergency”. 

In doing so, key social and environmental sustainability actions have been embedded across the Campus’ development plans:

Healthy People & Communities

  • Community Involvement – Health and well-being initiatives with local schools will foster learning for future generations.
  • Sport & Culture – As well as a ‘Museum of Irish Sport’, the Campus will also host a range of indoor/outdoor events, concerts, theatre and public art. 
  • Active Travel & Leisure – Cycling and walking will be supported as a healthy option to and through the Campus, and as a valuable public amenity for the local community.
  • Healthy Eating – The walled garden will become a source of home-grown produce for the Campus. A cookery school will provide courses for athletes and public on healthy eating and nutrition.

Environmental Responsibility:

  • Net-Zero – The Campus will pursue net zero through passive design and buildings powered by renewable energy. Circular strategies will also underpin its first target of carbon neutrality by 2030.
  • Ecology & Biodiversity – Native trees will be reintroduced in existing woodlands. Wildflower meadows and green corridors will connect the Campus to surrounding hedgerows, woods and waterways. 
  • Biophilic Design – Athletes, staff and public will be encouraged to interact with nature, through appropriately designed buildings and public spaces. 
  • Public Transport – Car use will be discouraged in favour of sustainable transport options. Increased public services will enhance people-focused activity on Campus. 
  • EV’s – Campus entrance car parks will incorporate the infrastructure and charging points required to support the wider use of electric vehicles by athletes, staff and visitors.
  • Water Management – Sustainable drainage will feature, with a new lake situated at the heart of the Campus.

Want to know more?

The video below gives a sense of the Campus and its sustainable vision.

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