Bohs and DCC are realistically estimating the cost of the €35 million Dalymount project

DUBLIN City Council has insisted there is no immediate plan to reverse the development of Dalymount Park into a brand new 6,000 seat stadium, while the Bohemians have stated “there has been no change to the preferred and planned redevelopment of the stadium into a 6,000-seat facility with additional community facilities”.

Fearing rising costs, the council, which owns the Phibsboro site, concedes that “should costs escalate to unsustainable levels, there would need to be alternative options at the historic site,” which could result in a scaled-down version of the stadium plan , a stance shared by the club.

“Bohemian FC’s board has always been aware that, as with any publicly funded project, should costs escalate to unsustainable levels, that there would need to be alternative options on the historic site, those options could potentially include a redesign of the Redesign could also deliver a higher capacity facility without requiring a long stint away from Dalymount Park, where we have played continuously since 1901,” Bohs said today.

At League of Ireland level, doubts remain over the council’s ability to complete the Dalymount project, which had an initial price tag of €35m but is expected to rise. This follows a commitment by DCC last week to support Shelbourne and St Patrick’s Athletic FC and their plans to remodel existing facilities at Tolka Park and Richmond Park.

An initial plan saw DCC buy the Dalymount Park property from Bohs in 2015, the sale being forced by Dublin 7 club’s €7m debt, with a rebuilt Dalymount Park to be shared between Bohs and Shels . A cohort of Shels supporters opposed the groundshare and two months ago DCC announced they were in negotiations with Shels to purchase the Tolka site to keep as a football stadium, effectively nullifying the groundshare plan.

Fears over rising costs led to suggestions that DCC would drastically scale back Dalymount development, with a remodeling of existing facilities rather than building from scratch, but the council said today they plan to go ahead.

“Dublin City Council would like to clarify that, contrary to some media reports today, there has been no change to the preferred and proposed redevelopment of Dalymount Park to a six thousand seat facility with additional community facilities,” DCC said in a statement today.

“The project is at an important juncture with the appointed IDOM/Gilroy MacMahon design team nearing completion of preliminary design and orders of magnitude to be delivered in the coming weeks.

“Underground surveys are scheduled to be carried out on site over the next week. Once this information is available, the design team will have a good understanding of the substructures required and the volume surveyor will be able to provide accurate costs for the proposed design by the end of June.

“Once this report is ready, the City Council will be able to complete its cost accounting due diligence and a decision will be made on whether to proceed with detailed planning and planning with the current design or, alternatively, to undertake a value analysis that is being carried out could possibly lead to a redesign.

“All those involved have always been aware, and particularly with continued inflationary pressures, that there would need to be alternative options for the historic site should costs escalate to unsustainable levels. These options could potentially include a redesign and would utilize all study and work already undertaken and remain within the current funding mechanism. The demolition of the disused Connaught St Stand is currently tendered to follow the demolition of Des Kelly Stand.

“Dublin City Council remains fully committed to a redeveloped Dalymount Park and will continue to work with all stakeholders including local councillors, the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht and Sport, Bohemian FC, the local community in Phibsboro and the FAI to provide a municipal stadium in Dalymount Park.”

Negotiations are ongoing regarding Tolka Park with Shelbourne FC who are acquiring the site from Dublin City Council on a cost recovery basis. Bohs and DCC are realistically estimating the cost of the €35 million Dalymount project

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