Saturday 20 December 2008

Retail and leisure centre gets go-ahead under Ballymun regeneration scheme

THE PROPOSED €800 million development of a retail complex in Ballymun Town Centre has been granted full planning permission by Dublin City Council.

The development, part of the Ballymun regeneration programme, will comprise more than 60,000sq m of retail space, 28,000sq m of office space and 11,000sq m of leisure facilities. It will include an 11-screen cinema, a bowling alley, a family entertainment centre and a child drop-in centre, according to developers Treasury Holdings.

The company yesterday said the Spring Cross development would generate 2,000 jobs during construction, due to begin in 2009, and a further 8,500 jobs on completion in 2012.

Niall Kavanagh, director of development at Treasury Holdings Ireland, said: “We recognise how important the regeneration of Ballymun is to Dublin city and are delighted with today’s announcement as it means we can now move forward with the project.”

The development is based on a sustainable open street scheme conducive to community and a positive retail experience, he added.

Irish Times

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