Plan for the North City Centre Unveiled

The entire masterplan area, known as ‘Dublin Central’, offers a major opportunity to regenerate a historic part of Dublin, while ensuring its long-standing traditions and heritage are retained and celebrated. The proposals include 2 new public squares, new pedestrian routes and the restoration of historically important laneways. It ensures the area around Nos. 14–17 Moore Street, a National Monument due to its role in the Easter Rising, is appropriately restored as part of a landmark destination.

Last week, Dublin Chamber member Hammerson plc submitted three out of six planning application for the proposed mixed-use development to Dublin City Council, with more to follow in the coming months. These initial applications comprise lands situated on the west side of the site and include residential, hotel, retail, restaurant and café and cultural uses.

The wider Dublin Central masterplan area, with almost 200m of continuous frontage on O’Connell Street Upper is bounded by Parnell Street to the north, Moore Street to the west and Henry Street to the south and includes proposals for:

  • 94 new homes with high-quality resident amenities
  • 8,000 sq. m. of restaurants, cafes and shops
  • 44,000 sq. m. of flexible, carefully-designed workspace
  • Up to 210 hotel rooms
  • A new public gallery and café use


The plan has been thoroughly researched and carefully conceived with a focus on delivering:


  • Restoration of a significant piece of O’Connell St Upper, Dublin’s pre-eminent street
  • New pedestrian connections linking O’Connell St to  Moore St via a new public square and  Henry Street to Henry Place/Moore Lane
  • Enabling works for an integrated Metrolink station
  • A re-imagined ‘White Building’ on Henry Place, restored as a gallery
  • A new 1,250 sq. m. civic square, open to the public with potential to host activities and events 
  • Restoration of the iconic Carlton façade including reinstatement of the former ‘Carlton Grill’
  • Restoration of No 42 O’Connell Street, the only remaining Georgian town house on the street
  • Retention of all pre-1916 buildings and fabric along Moore Street
  • A new archway to commemorate the Easter Rising for which the 1916 Relatives Association has suggested names
  • The restoration of Conway’s Pub on Parnell Street



Hammerson has also committed to sustainable development of the area. The ambitious sustainability brief for Dublin Central has ensured that buildings have the potential to achieve exemplar ratings under industry benchmarks (LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and Well).  Zero fossil fuels will be consumed directly on site, supporting a clean-air policy for the city centre championed by Dublin City Council via its membership of the UN Breathe Life Campaign

Planting at roof level will provide gardens for restaurants and increase biodiversity across the site.  High quality, sustainable materials with a low-embodied carbon footprint will be specified including the potential for timber-frame construction. The building fabric for Dublin Central will be optimised to reduce energy demands for heating and cooling in line with 2030 best practices guidance.  An innovative hybrid ventilation strategy will combine the best of natural and mechanical systems to reduce energy while improving air quality, circulation and comfort.  Roof-mounted photo-voltaic panels will generate renewable energy and heat pumps will be used for all heating, cooling and hot water requirements.