A sensitive regeneration of Dublin Central - masterplan proposals include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes and the restoration of historically important laneways. An ACME collaboration with three great Irish Architectural Practices: Grafton Architects, Mola and RKD.

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 this landmark destination. 

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Project Details

LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland

CLIENT: Hammerson Ireland

DATE: 2017-2025

STATUS: Planning

SIZE: 23,400m2 site (45.000m2 Office, 15,250m2 Hotel, 8,200m2 Residential, 10.500m2 Retail, F&B and Leisure)

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An ACME collaboration with RKD, Grafton Architects and Mola Architecture.

ACME: Michel Bosauder, Monica Capitanio, Alejandro Costa, Nicholas Chrysostomou, James Denner, Ifigenia Dilaveraki, Catherine Hennessy, Uno Lam, Friedrich Ludewig, Lauren Ly, Simone Piacenti, Anatolios Stathiou, Jack Taylor, Neli Vasileva, Matei Vlasceanu, Keigo Yoshida, Adriana Zurera


Grafton Architects

Mola Architecture 



Project Manager: Certo

Planning Consultant: Stephen Little Associates

Cost Consultant: Linesight

MEP, Sustainability: BDP

Structures, Civil: Watermans

Fire: Jensen Hughes

Access consultant: OHAC

Lighting: StudioFractal

Conservation Architect: Molloy & Associates

Landscape Architect: Gross Max

Services Strategy: Sweco

Sustainability Auditor: Architype

Archaeologist: Courtney Deery

LVIA: ARC Consultants

Pedestrian Movement Flow Analysis: Space Syntax

Dublin Central is the heart of Dublin North, bound by O’Connell Street, Moore Street, Henry Street and Parnell Street. Over the past 300 years, it has been shaped by the affluence of Georgian Dublin, the emergence of the Market Quarter, the 1916 Easter Rising, the war of Independence, 1970s redevelopments and the celtic tiger boom. In recent decades, the area has declined, suffering from vacancy and dereliction as several regeneration schemes failed.

The new masterplan creates an urban mixed-use quarter based on old streets and patterns and retaining historic buildings that recall the memory of the founding events and sacrifices of 1916.

O’Connell Street will become the national promenade again, with retailers and office tenants behind old and new facades. The Carlton will become a leisure destination once more, while a new hotel will include the protected heritage Georgian houses, O’Connell Performance Hall and Conway's pub. Two new streets and a new square create a public heart for North Dublin and new routes from Moore Street to the future Metro station situated 20m below ground.

Moore Street Market is a 200 year old street market, and Dublin Central will bring new life and complementary uses to ensure the Markets survival for many years to come. Traces of the Easter Rising will become legible again, through the preservation of pre-1916 fabric and the careful relaying of the surviving granite cobbles and the addition of Connemara marble trails to retrace the events of the final hours of Easter 1916.

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