Refurbishment works have started at the former home of the Central Bank on Dame Street. It was built in 1979, and is described as "structurally unique for its time" with the floors suspended from two service cores and propped up by steel supports.
The sensitive refurbishment programme for this historic building will replace the 40 year old glazing, while granite stone cladding on the building will be carefully restored, as will the external steel supports.
It is understood that the surrounding fending could be removed, making the area between Dame Street and Temple bar more pedestrian friendly.
John Paul Construction has been tasked with giving the tower a new lease of life, and the firm's Director, Paraic Keogh, explained that "fencing has been erected around the building to protect the public as scaffolding is constructed and works commence."
"Public access from Dame Street to Cope Street will be maintained during the works. Upon completion, the plaza will re-open to the public", he said.
The Central Bank's new headquarters opened at North Wall Quay earlier this year, bringing staff from a number of office across the city centre into one giant building.
It is still not clear what lies in store for the Dame Street building, but its new owners have mooted the idea of including a viewing tower, a restaurant and a cafe in final plans. The building was sold in January for around €67 million.