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Milestone Dublin docklands redevelopment unveiled

Words: Roger Milne
Dublin docklands

Proposals have been unveiled for a €150m redevelopment of the historic Bolands Mills site in Dublin's docklands.

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) will finance a €150m mixed use development on the site, which was held by rebels led by Eamon de Valera during the Easter Rising in 1916.

The proposed development will provide 36,759 square metres of office, residential, and retail floor space including cafes, restaurants and "cultural space".

Most of the development will be for commercial activity but it will also include 42 two and three-bedroom flats.

The planning application envisages the creation of a new urban quarter with new streets and open spaces, including a large public square, opening on to Grand Canal Dock.

Under the proposals, three new office buildings will be constructed. The development will form part of an ambitious plan by Nama to create a Canary Wharf-style area in the docklands recently designated as a strategic development zone (SDZ).