Hines has submitted a planning application for the first new primary school within the new Cherrywood development in South Dublin.

The Primary School at Tully Park is designed to accommodate up to circa 700 primary pupils – comprising 24 south-facing classrooms, a dedicated special needs unit, a school hall, 192 bicycle spaces, green roofs, as well as a large outdoor play/courts area and sensory garden.

The new school will be the first of 6 schools planned at Cherrywood as part of the overall Strategic Development Zone project. It will be situated directly south-west of Tully Park, which will enable the school to avail of additional outdoor recreational facilities and open space within the new 22-acre Park.

Hines Ireland has provided the fully serviced site for Tully Primary School to the Department of Education free of charge. Hines has worked closely with the Department of Education and Skills in relation to the proposed planning application for the primary school. Once planning is granted, the development phase for the school, including the procurement of a contractor will be overseen by the Department.  Today’s announcement has been welcomed by the Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

 “This is a great example of my Department, the local authority and of course Hines Ireland, working together to ensure that future generations will have state of the art education facilities to look forward to. We are building more school places than ever before – nearly 20,000 every year. This new school and the others we have planned for the area will be a fantastic addition to the Cherrywood community” said Minister Bruton.

Also welcoming the announcement, Brian Moran, Senior Managing Director of Hines Ireland, said “The up-front provision of physical, recreational, social and educational infrastructure is a key priority in the proposed development of the new town and village centres of Cherrywood.   

 The new school at Tully is another vitally important piece of the jigsaw, which will ensure young families living in Cherrywood will have immediate access to state-of-the-art education facilities located conveniently on their doorstep. We have been working in partnership with the Department of Education & Skills and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to ensure that the requisite school facilities are in place to meet the demands arising from people coming to live at Cherrywood. 

Today’s announcement comes as we move towards final phase of our initial infrastructure development project at Cherrywood which includes three brand new flagship parks, a state-of-the art all-weather multipurpose pitch, 6 new tennis courts and a sports pavilion, 5.4 kilometres of roadways, pedestrian footpaths, cycle paths, greenways and over 3,000 trees.

 Having all these elements ready to go will ensure that this will be a modern, healthy and vibrant community from the very beginning for the many thousands of families who will make Cherrywood their home over the coming years.”

Minister with responsibility for Higher Education, and local constituency T.D. Mary Mitchell O’Connor in whose constituency this new school will be located, said “I am delighted for the families and parents of Cherrywood who will have this 21st century primary school on their doorstep. I have no doubt that this school will lead the way in best-in-class learning and development for local children. This visionary development means that the young families of Cherrywood will have a state-of the-art primary school for their children’s formative years in education.”

 In addition to the Primary School planning application, Hines is currently awaiting the outcome of a planning application for the proposed Cherrywood Town Centre development, including 1,269 apartments, and 585,000 sq. ft of retail and leisure outlets comprising shopping, restaurants and cafés. Cherrywood Town Centre alone will eventually be home to over 3,200 people, with the potential to accommodate 2,300 office staff and employment for more than 2,500 retail staff. Hines anticipate that work on this important next phase will commence later this year.