Plan to transform the historic St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin into a new urban neighbourhood have now been officially submitted for planning permission.
Proposals from the architects Faulkner Browns would entail delivering 336 homes, hotels, a 300-seat performance space, a food hall, a marketplace as well as a commercial space.
The scheme intends to retain the unique heritage of the renowned site while taking advantage of the space freed up by Diageo’s modernisation of the Guinness brewing campus.
The proposals would retain key historic features. The project is expected to take 10 to 15 years to deliver following planning approval from Dublin City Council.
– Niall Durney, project partner with Faulkner Browns Architects is enthused greatly by their plans: ‘We are so pleased to have reached this milestone. Our masterplan is designed around the powerful heritage and historical significance of St James’s Gate; existing buildings, structures and surfaces that carry the history of brewing will be repurposed, extended and imbued with new life. The Guinness Quarter will be shaped around streets and squares which retain the character and identity of the site while knitting together with the surrounding city.’
Diageo Ireland managing director Barry O’Sullivan said the history and heritage of Guinness and St James’s Gate was hugely important – having drawn from extensive community engagement into the design process.
“It is a unique and special place. The plan that has been created respects this historic community while also transforming it into one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Europe.”
“This allows us to continue our centuries old brewing operations in Dublin 8 while also developing the area into a truly modern place to live, work and play.”