Hibernia REIT has received a grant of planning for an expanded development scheme at its Harcourt Square project in Dublin.
Designed by leading Irish architects Henry J Lyons, the scheme will deliver 343,000 sq ft (31,900 m2) of Grade A office accommodation on the 1.9 acre city centre site, an increase of 28,000 sq ft over the previously approved plans for a 315,000 sq ft (29,264 m2) scheme.
The project incorporates the adjoining buildings at 39 and 40 Harcourt Street, the former being a Georgian townhouse built in 1800, which will be carefully restored as part of the project.
It will include a townhall large enough for conferences and functions of over 600 people as well as food & beverage and fitness facilities.
Hibernia REIT said that it plans to start work on the redevelopment of Harcourt Square in early 2023: the existing property is let to the Office of Public Works until December 2022 and is occupied by An Garda Síochána (the police).
Mark Pollard, director of Development, said: ‘The new Harcourt Square will be one of Dublin’s largest and most exciting developments, located close to the city’s historic core and on the Luas Green Line.’