Plans lodged for mixed-use development in Broombridge

Proposal for new urban quarter in Cabra aims to replicate Grand Canal Square in city docklands

Plans have been lodged for a mixed-use scheme that hopes to create what is described as a dynamic new urban quarter in Cabra on Dublin’s northside.

The proposal, which would aim to replicate what is now the area around Grand Canal Square in the city’s docklands, would bring hundreds of jobs to the area, according to plans submitted by Woodberry Printing Ltd to develop a 5.63 acre site at Broombridge industrial estate in Dublin 11.

Apartments and offices

The scheme is backed by Woodberry parent firm, Colorman Ireland Ltd, which occupies a number of industrial units at the Broombridge industrial estate. The Royal Canal Square development would include four blocks, up to 16 storeys in height. The scheme includes 304 apartments and a 100-bedroom family hotel along with 44,365sq m of office space and 14 retail units.

A decision is due on the scheme in November.


Kevin Hughes of Hughes Planning and Development Consultants told Dublin City Council that “not only will the proposal effectively bring hundreds of jobs to the area and the city more broadly, but we believe breathe life into this dated industrial area of the city which has been under-utilised and earmarked for redevelopment for a number of years”.

In a planning report lodged with the scheme, Mr Hughes said the development would “futureproof this area of Dublin 11″.

It is anticipated the proposed Royal Canal Square would be similar in nature to the existing Grand Canal Square on Dublin’s docklands, Mr Hughes said.

Under current plans, the development would be split 64.5 per cent commercial and 35.5 per cent residential.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times