HUNDREDS of construction jobs will be created when work begins on a €2bn new town centre for Bray.
Pizarro Developments said work on the 33-acre retail, residential and commercial development in the Co Wicklow seaside town would start next year, providing a much-needed boost to the construction industry up until 2016 when it is complete.
The development was yesterday granted planning pemission by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Bray Town Council.
It will be built by a consortium comprising some of Ireland's biggest developers, including Durkan New Homes and Pierse Construction Ltd, and will extend the town centre to the harbour and promenade. Pizarro Developments, which includes Paddy Kelly and family, Alanis Ltd, Equity Properties and the Newlyn Group, got the go-ahead to build 100 shops, 600 apartments, a 103-bedroom hotel and 17 bars, restaurants and cafes by the River Dargle.
The project also includes about 6,000 square metres of office space, an eight-screen cinema and parking for 3,300 cars and will create 2,500 full-time jobs when it opens for business in 2012.
"In addition to the positive impact that this development will have on the town of Bray, it will also bring €60m annually in wages to the local area," project manager Mary Birmingham said.