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DublinTown welcomes appointment of architect for Dublin Central Project

  • Thu 29 March, 2018

DublinTown welcomes the appointment of architects by Hammerson to create a development vision for a new Dublin Quarter at the old Carlton Cinema site.

Today, Hammerson announced architectural practice ACME will create the development vision for a new Dublin Quarter, Dublin Central, known as the Carlton Cinema site.

This prime six acres, stretches from Upper O’Connell Street to Parnell Street to Moore Street & Henry Street.  The location in the north inner city centre has unique heritage and connections with 1916, while at the same time is at the heart of the commercial and retail centre of Dublin.

The work will be led by ACME Founding Director Friedrich Ludewig.  ACME was founded in 2007 and has grown into an international practice with over 70 architects, working on 160 projects across the world. Friedrich has worked with Hammerson on award-winning city centre schemes which have created exceptional new civic retail buildings including Victoria Gate in Leeds, Westquay South in Southampton and Highcross in Leicester. Other notable completed projects include Hunsett Mill in Norfolk, Doha Corniche and Melbourne’s iconic shopping district Eastland.

Simon Betty, Hammerson Director of Retail Ireland said: “Hammerson possesses a strong track-record in delivering important city-centre regeneration projects while working in partnership with key stakeholders. These include Bishops Square, Spitalfields, London which, like Moore Street, has a unique historical and cultural identity that was consistently considered through a sensitive development approach.”

“We are confident the team at ACME will produce a vision which is fitting of this unique location and we believe that the right scheme can reinvigorate this part of the north inner city centre.  Hammerson is committed to ensuring that the future development of O’Connell Street and Moore Street will seek to protect and enhance its unique heritage and connections with 1916, while at the same time, delivering clear economic benefits and employment opportunities locally.”

As part of the vision, Hammerson will work with the School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street and engage with it on the project.

DublinTown welcomes this announcement. Richard Guiney, CEO DublinTown said: “The development of such an important district will, we believe, be a catalyst for the future transformation of the entire Dublin One District.  This is an exciting time for city’s north side. Investments such as that by Hammerson, Riu Hotels, D2, Marlet and a host of others ensures that the area centered on O’Connell St. has a bright future with more causes for optimism than we have experienced for many years.

DublinTown looks forward to working with Hammerson and its team of professionals to help realise a vision that we believe will serve the people of Dublin and visitors to our city for many years to come”.