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The new Google development on the site of Boland's Mill in Dublin

The new Google development on the site of Boland's Mill in Dublin

The new Google development on the site of Boland's Mill in Dublin

Tech giant Google has secured planning permission to transform ground floors of two of its towers at its €300m development at Boland’s Mill into a market-place to facilitate local food and craft businesses.

The plans represent a new urban quarter for the Dublin 4 area.

According to landscape architects, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, the market-place element will form part of a new public realm at Boland’s Mill which “will be a fully accessible series of streets and squares that connects the surrounding residential areas back into the fabric of the site and the newly accessible Grand Canal Dock Edge”.

Already, the firm has carried out projects at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Park Central in Valencia and Marine One in Singapore. Work is continuing on the overall €300m scheme and as part of the new application granted permission by Dublin City Council, Google Ireland will increase the level of cafe, restaurant and retail use across all four major buildings at its Boland’s Mill redevelopment.

The application didn’t attract any objection and in documents lodged with the city council, Gustafson Porter + Bowman said the development at Boland’s Quay “will bring new activities and people to a part of Grand Canal Dock that has remained dormant for already two decades”.

Planning consultants for Google Ireland, John Spain & Associates said the new marketplace use “will enhance the overall public interaction within the development and create a new urban quarter in the area”.

Mr Spain said “the marketplace will create a greater variety of experiences for visitors”.

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