Recent visitors to Kildare County Council’s offices at Aras Chill Dara have been able to examine a scale replica of the centre of the town of Monasterevin.
The entire centre of the town, from canal banks to warehouses and encompassing the old town’s streets, has been painstakingly recreated in a large-scale model.
The fascinating project is the brainchild of second-year architecture students at DIT Bolton Street, who worked on the venture with assistance from Kildare County Council over the past year. It has been on display at the exhibition space outside the council chambers for the past month.
The model is now on the move, as it will take up residence at the CYMS in Monasterevin for the duration of the Venice of Ireland Festival, which runs this week.
The aim of the project was to assist students with understanding town planning. They came to the conclusion that the centre of Monasterevin town is under-utilised as residents centre their and business around the Super-Valu shopping centre.
The students came up with the idea of creating a new ‘spine’ for the town, so that future housing development would be brought back into the historic old streets. They also planned the creating of a walkway, also visible on the model, which would run via the gardens by the river.
Several of the students and DIT staff gave a presentation on the model at a recent Kildare Area Committee Meeting, and the project was praised by all of the local politicians present.