SOUTH DUBLIN County Council has approved plans for the development of a €1.2 billion town centre for Adamstown, south of Lucan, which is billed by developers Castlethorn Construction as "Ireland's first 21st century town".
At 154,000 sq metres (1.66 million sq ft), Adamstown Central is one of the largest mixed-use schemes in the history of the State, with a full range of retail, com-munity, civic and commercial facilities for an anticipated population of 30,000.
The new town centre would have 60 retail units including restaurants, cafes and bars, a nine-screen cinema, health centre, inter-church place of worship, leisure centre and swimming pool, as well as a library, enterprise centre and several civic squares.
The scheme, which also includes 600 apartments, has been designed by seven architectural practices supported by 55 other consultants, including landscape architects, engineers, colourists, lighting designers and wind and movement consultants.
The seven architectural practices involved are DMOD, Grafton Architects, Henry J Lyons, HKR, O'Donnell + Tuomey, OMP and London-based Metropolitan Workshop. The idea behind having so many was to give the town centre real diversity.
Once the tendering process is complete, Castlethorn estimates that up to 1,000 jobs would be created during the construction of Adamstown Central, and that it would also lead to the creation of more than 2,500 new jobs in and around the town centre.
The developers said leasing of the retail element of the scheme was "bucking current market trends", with anchor retail and leisure tenants lined up two years in advance of scheduled completion dates.
Details of tenant contracts are to be announced later.