Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has today launched a public consultation on the development of a floating swimming pool and ‘urban beach’ alongside the renowned East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.


The project has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming pool on the River Spree, and has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors and to generate up to €1 million per annum for the local economy, according to the Harbour Company.


The plan for Dún LaoghaireHarbour includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, based on a converted river barge, which will be located within the Harbour. The barge will also house an ‘urban beach’ and a second ‘urban beach’ will be located alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1, adjacent to the East Pier.


Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and entrance and security features are also included in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour masterplan. It is anticipated that an entrance fee will be charged for the use of the urban beach and pool, and this is likely to be equivalent to the price of a cinema ticket.


Dún Laoghaire Harbour has now opened a public consultation on the project: submissions should be made by Friday the 27th of September 2013 by post to: Urban Beach Design Team, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, or by email to consultation@dlharbour.ie

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