Thursday 15 November 2007

16-storey tower for Northside centre site

A landmark 16-storey office tower is part of a proposal for the 37-year-old Northside shopping centre in Coolock, Dublin 11, which would involve demolishing the shopping centre and building a new one in another location as part of a €1 billion proposal to develop a "Northside Town Centre".

The planning application for the first phase of the proposal has been submitted to Dublin City Council, which has worked with the majority shareholder in the Northside shopping centre, N1 Property Holdings Ltd, to develop a plan.

Dublin City Council first indicated its support for the regeneration of the area in its development plan for 2005 to 2011 where it mentioned the need to create a higher density, mixed-use urban centre, with a vibrant and animated town centre, and good quality civic and urban spaces.

N1 Property Holdings is a subsidiary of Headland Property Holdings, the property vehicle of Brian O'Farrell. Designed by Murray O'Laoire architects, the first phase of the scheme will involve a new shopping centre of 63,728sq m (685,962sq ft), 940 residential units, a pool and leisure centre in one building, a community centre and library, HSE medical centre and a crèche.

In phase two, the old Northside shopping centre would be demolished and a further 11,924sq m (128,349sq ft) of retail built in a pedestrianised zone that connects with the civic plaza, community buildings and retail centre.

There will also be a cinema, sports bar and restaurant, a landmark office tower, crèche and 400 residential units.

The Irish Times

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