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Major mixed-use scheme proposed for Dublin docklands

Words: Roger Milne

A planning application has been submitted for the first phase of one of the largest developments planned for Dublin’s docklands under the city council’s new fast-track planning scheme.

Project Wave, a commercial and residential development on the north side of the River Liffey, will take up 10 per cent of all the development land available in the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and provide in excess of 50,000 square metres of office and commercial space, and more than 250 flats.

The Nama-backed scheme is on a 2.2-hectare site on North Wall Quay, which wraps around the new headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland, currently being built from the shell of the abandoned Anglo Irish Bank headquarters.

The SDZ, approved by An Bord Pleanála last year, sets a mix of 70 per cent commercial and 30 per cent residential for the site.

The development will be completed in three phases. The first phase, now under consideration by the city planners, will involve the construction of two interlinked office blocks of seven and nine storeys, immediately adjacent to the Central Bank.