Wednesday 5 August 2015

Designing for the future – capital to get €60m 'cultural quarter'

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

An artist's impression of the planned Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, with a new state-of-the-art city library
An artist's impression of the planned Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, with a new state-of-the-art city library
An artist's impression of the planned Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, with a new state-of-the-art city library

PLANNING permission for a €60m redevelopment in one of the capital's finest Georgian squares will be sought by next summer.

Dublin City Council has appointed a joint team of Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Associates to spearhead the development of a cultural quarter, which will include a new city library, on the former site of Colaiste Mhuire.

The centre-piece of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter (PSCQ) will be the development of over 11,000 square metres of cultural facilities across a range of buildings, anchored by a new library.

Seed capital of €2.5m has been provided by international real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson, which will also assist in managing the project and securing finance. Parnell Square is the earliest and one of the finest of Dublin's Georgian Squares.

Today, it is home to the Dublin Writers Museum and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke said the appointment of the design team was a "significant milestone".

The plans include a new library, plus workshop spaces, rehearsal rooms and study areas at 20 & 21 Parnell Square. The north side of the square will be fully pedestrianised and there will be a 200-seat auditorium and an innovation hub for start-up businesses.

Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Associates must now work on detailed designs, before a planning application is submitted.

Irish Independent

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