The home of the Black Stuff could become home to hundreds of Dubliners. Diageo has announced it's going to build houses, shops and offices on land it's freed up at James' Gate.
Old, redundant buildings at the famous brewing site are to be re-purposed. Diageo has a 50 acre site in Dublin city, and 12.6 acres of that is to be-developed.
Buildings next to the Guiness Storehouse and iconic St James's Gate will be turned into a mix of housing, offices and retail space.Diageo want to develop the site into a new St James's Quarter.
Evelyn Colgan from the Guiness Archive explains how they can afford to give up the space. "The way that we brew now is very technologically different to how we would've brewed hundreds of years ago, so there are many buildings that are now redundant".
Colin O'Brien is Operations Manager for beer and packaging, and explains what the iconic site might look like after re-development. "The big black gates that people now take photos up against will be opened, and people will be able to walk through James' Gate".
There will be a three way split of space devoted to housing, retail and office space.
With a feasibility study estimating there will be room for 500 homes, including some social housing.
Diageo are now looking for a development partner to work with, saying the project will be developed over a lengthy period after consulting with locals.