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You could soon own an apartment in Guinness’ Dublin brewery

It’s not quite swimming in a pool full of stout, but it might just be the next best thing. Yes, Guinness is partnering with a property developer on plans to open more than 300 apartments inside its St James’s Gate Brewery site.

apartment in Guinness brewery - a mock-up of the plans
Credit: Ballymore

Property developer Ballymore revealed that it has submitted planning permission to Dublin City Council for an otherworldly project; housing inside the historic St James’s Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness.

The developer says it has worked closely with Guinness owner Diageo on the plans, which would see the Dublin 8 neighbourhood become home to the ‘Guinness Quarter’ – described in a release as “a world class, modern, and dynamic urban neighbourhood”.

The proposal includes plans for both apartments and hotel accommodation, a flexible-use space that can be used for performances, landscaped gardens, a foodhall, a marketplace, a 2,000-space bicycle park and commercial workspaces.

Sean Mulryan, Group Chairman and Chief Executive of Ballymore, said: “This is modern, sensitive and highly sustainable urban design at its best and Ballymore is honoured to be a custodian of the site’s heritage, while adding the next layer of history and legacy to this important area of Dublin.

“By balancing new and carefully considered interventions with heritage buildings, which are being repurposed and given a new lease of life, our vision is that St. James’s Gate will be among the finest examples of sustainable urban development, protecting the cultural, community, social, and industrial legacy of this part of Dublin 8 and the Liberties. It will be a development that everyone in Dublin will be proud of and enjoy”.

Barry O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Diageo Ireland said; “The history and heritage of Guinness and St. James’s Gate for Dublin and the local community is hugely important. It is a unique and special place. The plan that has been created respects this historic community while also transforming it into one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Europe.

“This allows us to continue our centuries old brewing operations in Dublin 8 while also developing the area into a truly modern place to live, work and play. We have engaged extensively with the local community to develop this plan and look forward to further conversation as we take the next step on the journey towards creating the Guinness Quarter.”

Diageo and Ballymore have stated their aim to make the complex Dublin’s first “operational zero-carbon district”.

It was not immediately clear what timeline the developers intend to work towards.


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