Dalymount designs and delays a new setback for Bohemians

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park continues to be mired in delays and controversy as the design and completion date have been revised by Dublin City Council.

Mainly influenced by projected costs surging from €36m to €52m, coupled with the withdrawal of Shelbourne in a land share plan with incumbents Bohemians, the first delivery schedule for the new €46m project euros is for the 2026 season.

The original plan – trumpeted by deposed FAI chief executive John Delaney as a legacy of Ireland’s proposed co-hosting of Euro 2020 – was based on a full rebuild of a Grade 3 stadium from 6,000-seat UEFA, accompanied by community facilities including a library, flexible community space and meeting rooms.

A scaled-down version – entirely dependent on future state funding – is the best Bohemians can hope for in years to come.

“The estimated cost of €52 million for the project is now potentially unsustainable for any benefit it will yield over its life cycle,” said a statement issued Wednesday evening by Dublin City Council.

“Other options, including a scaled-down version of the current design, will need to be considered in detail before the project can proceed to the next stage.

“Another complication is the issue of Shelbourne publicly declaring in February 2022 that they no longer want to move to a redeveloped Dalymount Park.

“A revised business case for Dalymount based on a one-club model must now factor into the project’s business plan going forward.

“Based on all of the issues described above, including cost escalation, CDC asked the design team to consider two options.”

As well as reducing the original plan, entailing complete demolition and changing the terrain from east to west north-south, an alternative plan to renovate Jodi Stand, a new stand on the current side of empty Connacht Street and terraces at either end is in the mix.

This would provide a larger capacity of between 8 and 10,000, addressing concerns that the initial design did not meet fan demand for large occasions.

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