Liffey Valley expansion brings major jobs boost

by Ian Begley

he owners of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre have submitted a planning application for a major extension of the premises, which includes an ice rink and up to 60 new stores.
The application, made by owners Hines Ireland, is also seeking permission for an additional 1,800 car parking spaces and the development of a plaza underneath a glazed canopy.
According to Hines, the ice skating arena will be of “Olympic standard” and will have the capacity for 2,500 spectators. It will be capable of hosting international ice-skating competitions, ice hockey matches and entertainment performances.
If the application is successful, the scheme has the potential to create up to 450 construction jobs during the development and about 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs when completed.
The latest extension application includes new retail space of 22,000 sq m, with the potential for a new anchor tenant-type store as well as a large number of new smaller shops and food outlets.
Brian Moran, senior managing director of Hines Ireland, said: “This is a significant yet timely planning proposal for Liffey Valley, underpinned by evidence of emerging demand for this scale of expansion in the future.
“We are submitting the application now as a strategic forward-planning initiative aimed at the sustainable development of Liffey Valley in line with future market needs,” said Moran.
Cllr Jonathan Graham (SF) recently met with both the management of the centre and a representative from Hines, the company overseeing the expansion and upgrade of the centre.
He said: “At the time of the announcement, I warmly welcomed the plans. Liffey Valley is an integral part of our local economy, as both a rate-payer and an employer. The expansion will only add to this.
“We agreed to develop a multi-agency approach, involving myself, local employment agencies, the centre and State bodies to generate a local employment dividend. This news can only be welcomed.
“Over the coming weeks, I will put this plan into action, and ensure that local people are aware of the potential employment gains,” said Cllr Graham.

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