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Design team for new s55m city quarter

A DESIGN team is being sought to draw up 'inspiring' proposals for the new €55m cultural quarter at Parnell Square.

Dublin City Council has advertised for expressions of interest from companies capable of devising plans for a new city library and civic plaza at the location.

The council told the Herald it wants to create "a dynamic cultural quarter in the heart of the city at Parnell Square".

"It will be a new public landmark, a destination that will inspire physical and economic renewal (and) a place for all to meet, learn, create and exchange."

The plans were announced in April and a public consultation process is under way. As part of the procedure, two public meetings, called conversation cafe events, took place on May 30 and 31, with 35 people attending.


Two more conversation cafes are to take place on June 12 at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, and on June 14 at the Teachers' Club in Parnell Square.

In addition, a mini-street festival will also take place on June 14 in the north city centre to highlight the project.

Consultation workshops will also be held in the Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square on June 13, with the aim of targeting people involved with visual arts, design and music as well as organisations and residents based in the Parnell Square area.

The plans involve the redevelopment of the former Colaiste Mhuire site, 23 to 28 Parnell Square, to provide public cultural facilities, the most significant of which will be a new city library.

Private investment company Kennedy Wilson has committed seed capital of €2.5m.

"The development will be delivered through a charitable trust or foundation established by Kennedy Wilson," the council stated in a new report.