The developers who've bought the old Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin want to recreate the roof. It's to facilitate plans to create restaurant with sky 360 degree views of the city.
Permission is being sought to redevelop the iconic building to house offices, a cafe, and 300 seater restaurant. ‘Central Plaza’ which will also incorporate retail units at street and basement level.
A planning application for the €70m euro project will be lodged this week. At the moment builders are refurbishing the listed building including the restoration of the granite stone cladding and steel supports.
Hines spokesperson Brian Moran outlines the vision for the space outside, which has long been a favourite meeting place for young people in Dublin.
"Another key aspect of the proposal is the enhancement of the existing plaza that surrounds the building. Upon completion of the redevelopment works, the area will re-open to the public and with the removal of the railings installed in 1998, the plaza will become a larger and even more vibrant public space.”
Dubliners have a love / hate relationship with the old Central Bank block which was designed by famous Irish architect Sam Stephenson.