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St James’s Gate in Dublin, home to the world-famous Guinness Brewery, is to be partly redeveloped to provide a range of housing, offices, shops and hotels.

Diaego, owner of the Guinness brand, has revealed preliminary redevelopment plans within the 20 hectare site, designed to create a vibrant urban quarter. The plans look to develop five hectares within the Guinness site, to be renamed St James’s Gate Quarter. Development will include the first Guinness vat house, built in 1798, and Brewery Room No2, which was the biggest brewhouse in the world during the early 20th century.

Oliver Loomes, country director for Diaego Ireland said: “Our vision will be that this is a dynamic urban quarter with a combination of residential, commercial, leisure – which is a viable, sustainable development. Social housing will of course be a part of that because any large development has to have it. We have got a long-term relationship with the Iveagh trust and our ambition is that we would work with the trust to have as our social housing partner in this project.”

Initial plans see some 63,000sq m of office space, 5,000sq m of retail units and 22,000sq m of hotel and leisure accommodation making up the commercial element, with 48,000sq m set aside for residential development.

Diaego will retain ownership of the historic structures within the site, including the famous brewery gate and founder, Arthur Guinness’s former residence.

Loomes continued: “This unique relationship between past and future makes St James’s Gate an extraordinary place. It is rooted in history and its future is one of innovation and creating experiences. We are committed to a long term sustainable future at St James’s Gate and are delighted to be opening streets, creating spaces, and generating opportunity. We are transforming our centuries-old vat houses, brew houses and cooperages into incredible spaces that will house and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs, residents and visitors, dreamers and doers.”

A tendering process is now underway, with Deloitte Real Estate looking to secure a development partner for the project.

Source – UK Construction Online

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