A PLANNING application for a €25m extension to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in West Dublin has been submitted to South Dublin County Council.
The project is expected to bring 670 jobs to the Clondalkin area and 280 of these will be construction jobs during the development phase and up to 390 permanent, part-time and full-time jobs upon completion of the project.
At that stage the total number employed within the centre could be over 2,500.
The development proposal is to add 10,585sqm of new space to the centre and will bring more fashion stores and restaurants.
Proposals include a three-level retail unit of 6,577sqm, incorporating the internal reconfiguration of Vue Cinema along with an external extension of 827sqm to further underpin Vue, Liffey Valley as one of Europe's top trading cinemas.
There will also be six restaurants constructed totalling 3,423sqm spanning three floors with external seating.
A new communal public space of over 3,000sqm will be created outdoors at ground level and it is designed to accommodate a range of enertainment events as well as providing a meeting place and focal point for the centre.
Improved linkages to buses and taxis will enhance the accessibility of the centre which is located just off the M4 and close to the M50.
The plans come as the existing centre recently reached 100pc tenant occupancy with the addition of the fashion brand BANK as well as Yankee Candle to its retailer line up.
Shelagh Larard, associate director, Aviva Investors, joint owners of the centre along with Grosvenor, commented:-
"We have worked closely with all stakeholders in planning this next phase of Liffey Valley.
"It was important that the proposal we developed would add local regeneration activity and I am confident that this will be a huge boost to the local area. The proposed development will increase footfall and choice within the shopping centre."
The project is expected to be completed by the Spring of 2015. Savills are letting agents.
In addition a further development may be on the cards shortly as Tesco has applied for planning permission for a stand alone foodstore on a site to the south of the centre. A decision on that application is with An Bord Pleanala.