A visionary mixed-use city centre development currently underway in Dublin, Central Plaza is set to create a flagship retail and leisure destination in the heart of the city. Here, RLI sits down with Kevin Ryan, Development Director for Central Plaza to discuss the progress to date and what we can expect from the scheme upon completion. Situated on an iconic site close to Trinity College, Grafton Street and Temple Bar, Central Plaza is set to evolve into a thriving social hub featuring A-list retail brands accompanied by premium food and beverage concepts. The mastermind behind this is the developer Hines, in conjunction with the Peterson Group and leasing agents BNP Paribas Real Estate Ireland. Between them, Central Plaza is a cumulative effort to redefine the Dublin landscape. The five-building portfolio will offer almost 70,000sq ft of retail, F&B, and leisure accommodation. The project has been designed to further enhance the already rich and pulsating nature of city life. “Upon completion of the acquisition, the objective was to secure the necessary planning permits for the various uses proposed for the buildings,” explains Kevin Ryan, Development Director for Central Plaza. “The plan was to create retail and F&B frontages at street level with office accommodation on the overhead floors.” One of the most spectacular elements of the development is the plan to create a 1,608sq m hospitality, viewing and F&B space on the roof of One Central Plaza. This space previously housed two floors of plant and machinery, which is to be moved to the basement. This will allow for the opening up of the space, exposing the steel structure and providing a spectacular venue.