WATCH: Guinness announces €16m expansion plan
The Guinness Storehouse has announced details of a €16m expansion plan which will see the gravity bar double in size.
The plans announced involve the creation of a new 360 degree space, which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar forming a unique panoramic space, which can hold up to 500 people at any one time, doubling the current capacity.
The Guinness Storehouse and existing Gravity Bar, which to-date has attracted over 16 million visitors since 2000, will remain open as normal during the construction period.
Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that construction will commence in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019.
"Staying ahead of the game, innovating and constantly investing has enabled us to provide a world-class experience of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands with huge international demand," Paul Carty, managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, said.
It is expected that between 250 and 300 people will be employed both directly and indirectly during the construction of the extension, however the Storehouse has said that the tourist experience will not be affected during construction.
The €16m investment in the Guinness Storehouse further demonstrates Diageo’s commitment to the Liberties area of Dublin and the St. James’s Gate site, a spokesperson for Diageo said.
The news follows the announcement earlier this year of the launch of new premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co. in the former power station at St. James’s Gate.
The total project investment for Roe & Co is planned at €25m over three years.
However the company confirmed that it has no plans for a Guinness hotel in the area.
The announcement was welcomed by Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, who described it as an "exciting development" for tourism in Dublin.