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Ireland's oldest shopping centre to get roof as part of new revamp

Stillorgan shopping centre opened in 1966

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

An artist’s impression of the revamped Stillorgan shopping centre
An artist’s impression of the revamped Stillorgan shopping centre

Ireland's oldest shopping centre is set to get a makeover if approval is given to plans submitted to planners at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

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Under the plan, Stillorgan shopping centre will finally get a roof almost 50 years after it was built.

Mall owners Kennedy Wilson submitted the planning application yesterday and sought permission to change the "canopy and facade, while retaining the local community atmosphere that differentiates it from other centres".

The refurbishment will not result in disruption to operations at the centre.

Several attempts by former owners Treasury Holdings to revamp the shopping centre floundered during the last decade because of concerns about traffic.

Those plans were approved by the council but then appealed by An Taisce to Bord Pleanála and rejected.

The latest effort to revamp the shopping centre - which competes with the much bigger Dundrum Town Centre - involves adding a glazed canopy over the entire centre to replace the existing roof which is open to the sky. "The existing system is dated and does not fully protect shoppers from the elements," Kennedy Wilson said. The refurbishment would also include improvements to the car park which has enough space for more than 500 cars.

The one-storey shopping centre off the N11 opened for business in 1966, and is home to 50 retailers including Tesco and Dunnes.

It has become one of the biggest shopping areas in south Dublin as towns such as Dun Laoghaire went into decline due to poor parking facilities.

Kennedy Wilson chief operating office Peter Collins said yesterday that the centre has "had no major upgrades in its history."

London-based Kennedy Wilson will "work with our retailers, local residents groups and local elected representatives to ensure that should the project be approved," he added.

In 2005, officials gave the go-ahead for an €85m apartment and restaurant complex 12 storeys high close to Stillorgan shopping centre.

Permission for the scheme at the former Blakes restaurant site at Stillorgan, opposite the shopping centre, was granted despite opposition by 20 objectors and a recommendation from the board's own inspector that it be refused.

Irish Independent

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