Dublin's new Central Plaza will host 1,000 office staff and have a 300-seat rooftop restaurant
THE redeveloped former Central Bank headquarters in Dublin will be the base for more than 1,000 office workers, its new owners have said.
Detailed plans for the Central Plaza lodged with Dublin City Council for the €75m redevelopment on Dame Street include a 300-seat rooftop restaurant and panoramic viewing deck for tourists and 12,000 sq m of offices, as well as shops in the adjoining buildings.
Outlining the need for the redevelopment of the plaza area, planning consultants for the applicants, Hines and Peterson, state that "due to the erection of defensive security fencing around the Tower building in the last decade, the location has felt cold and sterilised during the evening-time and weekends".
The report adds: "This has resulted in attracting an unsavoury element and anti-social behaviour and it is vital that the city centre re-establishes itself as a safe, atmospheric and inviting location for locals and tourists alike."
The consultants state that "the vision for this redevelopment is to create a world-class mixed use scheme incorporating food and beverage and retail uses at street and basement level, the sensitive refurbishment of the existing office floors and the creation of a two-storey rooftop destination".
According to the planning documents submitted with the large application, the Central Plaza will have a focus and purpose other than left over gathering space.
The documents state "it will be vibrant, animated and be a social and cultural hub extending from Temple Bar connection to the south city".
The consultants also said the 360-degree viewing deck planned for the top of the old Central Bank building "will become a very popular tourist destination for tourists and an additional tourist attraction to visit whilst in Dublin".
They state in the documents: "There are currently no rooftop destinations within the historic city core which provide such views."