Things are moving on at LiffeySC


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Plans for Liffey Valley shopping centre in west Dublin include an ice skating arena and up to 60 new shops, as well as the development of a major plaza under a glazed canopy.

The owners of Liffey Valley shopping centre in west Dublin have submitted a planning application for a major extension of the complex to include an ice skating arena and up to 60 new shops.

The ice skating arena will be of “Olympic” standard, according to Hines, and will have capacity for 2,500 spectators and be capable of hosting ice-skating competitions, ice hockey matches and live entertainment performances.

The level of investment in the proposed extension was not revealed, but it is understood to be in excess of the €28 million spent on an extension at the west end of the centre that is currently being built, due for completion later this year.

“We are submitting the application now as a strategic forward planning initiative aimed at the sustainable development of Liffey Valley in line with future market needs,” said Brian Moran, senior managing director of Hines Ireland.

Karen O’Sullivan, the president of the Ice Skating Association of Ireland, said the proposed new arena would be “the permanent home” of the sport in Ireland and would help develop Irish skaters as competitors on the international stage.

Hines, as the centre’s manager, submitted the application of behalf of itself and the centre’s co-owners, Grosvenor Group and a HSBC fund.

Update August16: Liffey Valley gets the go-ahead to expand - but parking could be a problem

PLANNING PERMISSION HAS been granted for a major expansion at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – but the local council has rejected proposals for additional parking at the site.
South Dublin County Council green-lighted plans for additional retail space and an ice rink, but took issue with the construction of a multi-storey car park and denied permission to build the 1,800-space facility.
The application was submitted in February by real estate investment firm Hines Ireland.
“It is clear that the local authority has supported the overall scheme,” Hines senior managing director Brian Moran said in a statement.
“But we note that at this stage it still has reservations about aspects of the parking adjacent to the ice arena.”
He said Hines will review the reasons for the omission and find a solution as soon as it can.
The expansion at Liffey Valley will feature an additional 7,000 sq m of retail space, 3,774 sq m of restaurant space, a refurbished 14-screen cinema and an Olympic-sized indoor ice arena that can hold 2,500 spectators for skating competitions, ice hockey matches and other entertainment events.
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