February 5, 2003 at 12:10 pm #705982MB OMaoileoinParticipant
Reading this headline I thought at first that the theatre was for sale!
Do you think it would be a good thing for another UK store to open in the area? I suppose ultimately it’s the market economy but, nevertheless, I do feel a little sad when I walk down Grafton St these days and it looks not unlike what you would see in any medium-sized city or large town here in the UK.
What about replacing the paving with granite/cobbles?
Gaiety to become a city store
DUBLIN’s Gaiety Centre in South King St may become the city’s newest retail venue following its sale in a â‚¬32 million plus deal.
A number of leading retailers – including London based Selfridges – are already assessing the potential of this prime location next to the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
It has now emerged that the buyer of the Dublin 2 office complex was a company associated with developer Joe O’Reilly of Castlethorn Construction (currently developing the new Dundrum Centre).
Following the acquisition, Harrington Bannon have now been appointed sole letting agents at the Gaiety Centre. Neil Bannon confirmed that prospective retail tenants are being targeted.
Retailers already assessing the Dublin location include Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and other leading groups. Award wining architects A&D Wejchert have been appointed to revamp the the Gaiety Centre which would provide approximately 7,500 – 9,000 sq m of retail space. A number of approaches would be compatible for such usage – either one large department store or multi-level retailing.
In addition to contacting top department store groups, the letting agents are currently targeting units from 1850 sq m 2800 sq m.
Several retailers are known to be interested in securing space in the Dublin 4 area, including Next, Zara, Swiss-based H&M, Gap and others.
Built in the early 1980s by London and Leeds insurance company, the Gaiety Centre has provided office accommodation for Eircom since 1984.
The former State company is planning to move out of the building in March as part of a rationalisation programme.
February 5, 2003 at 12:44 pm #724253urbanistoParticipant
Excellent news! A department store would be perfect here. DCC have spent alot on a major upgrade to the street and I think taking out the office block would be very desirable. The only thing this street lacks unfortunately is sunlight which makes it unsuitable for outdoor establishments such as cafes. or stalls. It can be quite chilly on coller summer days.
As for the lack of native retailers in the area – I agree but I reckon thats capitalism for you. Arnotts could try a move but I think its unlikely any Irish group would have the resources to take on a development of this size.
It is good to see so many UK (and International – H&M are Swedish, GAP are US) retailers interested in Dublin. It will be interesting to see what difference this development together with the proposed new store on College Green will have to the area.
Personally, I think a lot has been invested in the Nassau St – George St quarter over the past few years and it is really paying off. The area look better and better.
Good bye to Eircom…perhaps they will dump their O’Connell Street offces as well and leave that free for something more retail/ arts orientated.
February 5, 2003 at 12:58 pm #724254
I agree. Retail space is so tight in the Grafton St area – anything new on the market is brilliant news. Better there than Liffet Valley anyway. As far as I know the asset stripping of Eircom is well underway – Soros &co selling it off piece by piece, as a result all of their (eircom) retail outlets throughout the country are up for grabs.
February 5, 2003 at 1:22 pm #724255Ronan CParticipant
I agree Grafton Street needs some new paving. Eventhough the current cobble lock was only laid in 1987, it looks a bit Victorian and tacky etc. The leaking bins are also a sight for sore eye’s.
Large granite blocks like the ones outside Trinity on College Green would look brilliant.
February 5, 2003 at 2:52 pm #724256urbanistoParticipant
It is a bit dreary looking isnt it. Although its funny as it was a major achievement when it was laid!.. pedestrianisation and all that. I remember a cringe moment on the BBC Holiday programme where the presenter said in a fake Irish accent ‘ this is an Irish pedestrianised street’ with the backdrop being a car filled ‘pedestrianised’ Grafton Street.
I think a stylish contemporary look for the street although I think a move away from white granite and stainless steel might be refreshing…surely our collective genius can come up with something that is both modern and lively! Also a move into some of the rundown properties on South William Street and the business premises on Nassau/Dawson St would be good to create a proper retail ‘quarter’. The bigger shops are forever complaining about the lack of suitably sized stores in the area.
February 7, 2003 at 12:14 pm #724257Rita OchoaParticipant
The Gaiety Center is that a club/theater in Dublin ?
February 7, 2003 at 12:40 pm #724258
That’s next door.
February 7, 2003 at 2:02 pm #724259
Grafton St is’nt that bad, the red brick pavement makes it the warmest street in the city, even though it is a bit naff. Grey granite would be too dull & drab (also the paving outside Trinity just happens to be 250 years old) Similar sizes blocks today would cost millions.
A warm & sophisticated tan/beige/sandy colour would look really well, maybe highlighted in areas with granite.
February 7, 2003 at 2:06 pm #724260
Henry St has fairly good paving – although it’s hidden under a carpet of chewing gum – is there any point in spending a fortune on Grafton St if the same fate awaits it?
The new look paving in Patrick St, Cork is already looking shabby (the bit that’s done that is)
February 7, 2003 at 2:48 pm #724261
Chewing gum on Grafton Street?! Didn’t you know d d dallas, the upper middle class don’t eat chewing gum!
February 7, 2003 at 2:50 pm #724262
Its interesting to note that all the pavements around Merrion Sq, Government Bldgs & Kildare St are all immaculate. Indeed all pavements on the south side are spotless (with regard to chewing gum)
February 10, 2003 at 9:24 am #724263Rory WParticipant
Look forward to the redevelopment of this street which is a bit dull and soul less at present, they should also make the Green Centre open up the Shopfronts onto Sth King Street, or alternatively open something in front of the facades e.g. cafe’s stalls etc with those gas heaters and awnings could be interesting.
Oh and Eircom has a vast amount of surplus land/properties, it certainly needed to be stripped out.
February 10, 2003 at 11:56 am #724264
Theres no draw, or focus to Sth King St, to attract people down, something that will change with this development.
Interesting to note that although attractive Georgian buildings were lost on the site of the Stephens Green Centre, it is impossible to think of the area without it, it totally revitalised the Stephens Green/Grafton St South region, acting as a magnet for people in the city centre in a way that was previously unimaginable.
February 10, 2003 at 4:21 pm #724265alastairParticipant
the dandylion used to pull a fair crowd of a weekend.
I loved the warren aspect of it. The centre is a horrid building, and I hope it doesn’t last too long into the future.
February 10, 2003 at 6:44 pm #724266
Now now alastair, don’t be harsh, it was the 80s.
We fared a pretty well considering the plans Michael Scott had for the site in the mid 70s.
February 10, 2003 at 6:56 pm #724267alastairParticipant
any images of these plans online?
I quite like a lot of STW’s work. The goulding house is my dream home (with no storage space).
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