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Digital images of the new Central Bank building at North Wall Quay.

Digital images of the new Central Bank building at North Wall Quay.

Digital images of the new Central Bank building at North Wall Quay.

THE new Central Bank will include a public plaza where people can relax, meet and socialise, documents filed with Dublin City Council indicate.

Proposed plans outline how the open space at North Wall Quay in the docklands, where the bank is to relocate, would be an "attractive, safe and inspiring" amenity.

The files seek approval for an eight-storey office block at a site which was previously earmarked as a new headquarters for the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank.

The proposed development will have a total floor area of 29,358 square metres.

Members of the public have until the beginning of March to make submissions on the plans before the council makes a decision.

The bank hopes to move from its current home in Dame Street to the docklands in the first half of 2016.

The architect for the scheme, Henry J Lyons and Partners, was chosen after a competition.

Its design puts an emphasis on making the building as energy-efficient as possible to minimise maintenance costs over time.

Expected to cost €140m to build, the offices will include a fine mesh facade made of anodised metal.

Its energy rating of A2 will make it one of the most power-efficient buildings in the country.

BLUEPRINT

The blueprint was inspired by 41 Cooper Square (inset), an award-winning building in New York's East Village.

If it gets the go-ahead, the building will create 350 jobs during the construction phase.

The Central Bank intends to locate 1,400 staff to its new headquarters from three sites, including its landmark home in Temple Bar.

comurphy@herald.ie


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