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Major expansion of west Dublin shopping centre mooted

Words: Roger Milne

US property firm Hines has applied for planning permission to build a huge expansion of its Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin.

The proposals includes an additional 22,000 square metres of net retail space, 1,800 car parking spaces, a major new civic plaza, and a 2,500-seat Olympic-sized indoor ice arena.

This will be capable of holding “international ice skating competitions, ice hockey matches and ice entertainment performances", said a company statement.

The project will be the second big extension of Liffey Valley in recent years after the so-called 'West End Development'. That €26 million development, due for completion later this year, is barely half the size of the latest plan for the centre.

The scheme is the latest major development initiative by Hines since it ramped up its Irish operations after the banking crash. It is already in the throes of a new town centre development at Cherrywood in south Dublin.

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