Hammerson receives further planning permissions for the regeneration of its landmark O’Connell Street site

by Alex Greaney
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Hammerson has received from Dublin City Council two further planning permissions, as part of its proposals for the regeneration of an important 2.2 ha (5.5 acres) site in Dublin’s north inner city. 

The primary permission comprises a 0.9 ha (2.3 acres) site from No. 43 to No. 60 O’Connell Street Upper and permits the development of high-quality offices, retail and restaurant space as well as enabling works for a future MetroLink station. A further permission has also been granted with respect to No. 61 O’Connell Street Upper for retail and residential uses. 

In 2022, Dublin City Council approved three separate planning applications for Hammerson’s Dublin Central development including for a new hotel, homes, workspace, retail, and cultural uses, as well as enhanced street connections, and a substantial public square.  

The masterplan presents a significant opportunity to regenerate this historic part of Dublin, while ensuring its long-standing traditions and important heritage are retained and celebrated. 

Ed Dobbs, Development Director, Hammerson, said: “These significant planning permissions on the O’Connell Street side of the site bring us one step closer to delivering our vision for Dublin Central and complementing the uses which have already been approved for new homes, hotel, retail spaces, and an improved streetscape. The development will bring significant economic and cultural benefits for the local and wider community, breathing new life into a unique area in Dublin which is important to our history. We will now review in detail the planning conditions for each permission granted. We also look forward to submitting further applications for the remainder of the site while we continue to work with all stakeholders.” 

All buildings at Dublin Central will achieve the exemplar ratings under industry benchmarks including BREEAM. No fossil fuels will be consumed directly on site, supporting a clean-air policy championed by Dublin City Council via its membership of the UN Breathe Life Campaign. 

The overall Dublin Central masterplan area, with almost 200m of continuous frontage on O’Connell Street Upper, bounded by Parnell Street to the north, Moore Street to the west and Henry Street to the south, includes proposals for: 

    97 new homes with high-quality resident amenities 

    9,300 sq. m. of restaurants, cafes, and shops 

    43,400 sq. m. of flexible, carefully designed workspace 

    Up to 210 hotel rooms 

    A new public gallery and café use 

Dublin Central is one of the largest regeneration projects in Dublin today and will support: 

    8,600 job opportunities (on-site, locally, and supply chain) 


    50 skilled apprenticeships 

    366 full-time retail employees upon launch, of which approximately 85% will be local jobs 

    Up to 2,200 office employees once fully let 

    €8m in business rates per annum 

This application includes proposals for a structural box beneath ground floor level, designed to accommodate the independent construction and operation of the planned O’Connell Street MetroLink Station by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).  The planning application does not include any request for permission for railway works, the use of railway works or the operation of a railway. The MetroLink project is the subject of a separate application for railway order made by TII.   

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