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Monday 24 June 2019

'Should be the jewel in the crown of Dublin' - O'Connell Street and Moore Street redevelopment plans unveiled

View of Dublin's O'Connell Street looking towards the south of the city. Photo taken from the Spire. Photo: Paul O'Connell
View of Dublin's O'Connell Street looking towards the south of the city. Photo taken from the Spire. Photo: Paul O'Connell
Living history: Stalls on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
Independent.ie Business Desk

Plans have been unveiled to redevelop the north of O’Connell Street and Moore Street.

The plans from UK developer Hammerson, who owns Dundrum Town Centre, will see the development of new pedestrian street between O’Connell Street and Moore Street, offices, shops, and apartments.

Dublin Chamber’s head of communications Graeme McQueen: “The north of O’Connell Street has been lying idle for far too long. O’Connell Street should be the jewel in the crown of Dublin.”

“But over the past few decades it has become an area of huge frustrating for both businesses and locals. The plan from Hammerson to redevelop the entire area is very welcome and has the potential to be the start of a bright new era for both O’Connell Street and the wider north City Centre area.”

Dublin Chamber said the plans successfully walk the fine line between preserving the area’s history and maximizing the huge potential of the site.

Mr McQueen said: “This Hammerson project, in combination with the redevelopment of the Clery’s building and other developments, will breathe new life into an area of Dublin that has underwhelmed for far too long.”

Living history: Stalls on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
Living history: Stalls on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

A spokesperson for Hammerson said: “We continue to engage with a wide range of stakeholders on an ongoing basis regarding the future development of the Moore Street area, ahead of a wider public consultation.

“Hammerson seeks to protect and enhance the Moore Street area’s unique heritage including its market and connections with 1916, while at the same time delivering clear economic benefits and employment opportunities locally.

“As part of this process we have appointed architectural practice ACME to look at options for the entire site which stretches from Upper O’Connell Street to Parnell Street to Moore Street and Henry Street. 

“The proposals will reinvigorate this part of Dublin’s north inner-city. ACME has been working with the DIT School of Architecture, which was commissioned by the Moore Street Advisory Group, to develop a historically-sensitive vision for the area that is acceptable to all stakeholders.”

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