Guinness brewers Diageo have announced plans to transform 12.6 acres at their St James’s Gate site in Dublin city to create a new mixed-use development, which will include residential units.
The company said that after “significant” investment since 2011 at St James’s Gate and advances in technology, it can now brew more beer with less space.
It plans wants to transform 12.6 acres of its nearly 50 acre site to create a mixed-use development called the St James’s Gate Quarter.
Diageo said it has developed a vision, underpinned by both the Dublin City Development Plan and the Liberties Local Area Plan, for the development project.
The plan for the city centre site will include up to 500 residential units as well as office and commercial space.
The new quarter will be opened up with public spaces and streets and will be fully integrated into the wider Liberties area, it added.
Diageo also said it plans to retain ownership and custodianship of a number of key buildings in the quarter, including the iconic gate itself and Arthur Guinness’s residence.
Country director for Diageo Ireland Oliver Loomes said:
“We are transforming our centuries-old vat houses, brew houses and cooperages into incredible spaces that will house and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs, residents and visitors, dreamers and doers.”
Dublin City Council said they welcome the announcement by Diageo of its plans.
The City Council’s Chief Executive Owen Keegan said
“The plans are a major step in the rejuvenation of the Liberties area in accordance with the vision and objectives set out in both the recently approved City Development Plan and the Liberties Local Area Plan.”
“The City Council looks forward to working closely with Diageo in developing and realising the shared vision for this iconic area of Dublin City, including consultation with all stakeholders.”