Friday 18 October 2019

Green light given for go-ahead of Central Plaza project in heart of Dublin city

Former Central Bank HQ will accommodate 1,300 office workers in mixed-use development

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Planning permission for the much-anticipated Central Plaza project in the heart of Dublin City Centre has been granted.

When complete, the plaza is expected to consist of 33,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants and cafés at street and basement level.

The former Central Bank HQ will also allow 73,100 sq. ft of commercial office space across eight floors, which will comprise of open plan and breakout areas.

Restoration of the iconic building's interior is already well underway but plans to access its 6m-high entrance lobby from the plaze via a grand staircase have now been given the green light. 

A new streetscape towards College Green and along Fownes Street and Cope Street is planned to create a link between Grafton Street, College Green, Trinity College and Temple Bar.

The Central Plaza is part of an overall plan which includes adjoining properties 6-8 College Green, No. 9 College Green, and both the Annex and Commercial buildings on Dame Street.

Brian Moran, Senior Managing Director of Hines, said the firm are delighted An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for the project.

"With planning permission now granted it means full steam ahead for this exciting city centre project that will accommodate over 1,300 office professionals and create more than 300 new full and part-time retail and hospitality jobs across the 5 buildings that make up the Central Plaza complex," he said.

Amtrust Financial will begin occupying the 12,500 sq. ft office component of 6-8 College Greenspace in Q3 2018.

The 10,000 sq. ft ground floor retail unit in 6-8 will also be completed later this year and the scaffolding on this building will be removed in the coming weeks.

BNP Paribas have been engaged as letting agents of the retail and hospitality offering for Central Plaza while Knight Frank are the office agents for the project.

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