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Friday 22 September 2017

550 new jobs to be created if €40m extension of Blanch centre gets the green light

The Blanchardstown Centre is set to get a €40m revamp. Photo: Paul Sherwood
The Blanchardstown Centre is set to get a €40m revamp. Photo: Paul Sherwood

The Blanchardstown Centre is in store for a major €40m makeover, which will see the creation of 550 jobs.

The massive renovation and extension was announced just over a year after Blackstone bought the premises for €945m.

The development of the shopping centre will involve a 100,000 sq ft extension of the Red Mall and will include 18 retail units, along with a new 40,000 sq ft key store.

A number of existing tenants will also be relocated to facilitate the development.

The application was submitted to Fingal County Council on Monday and, if approved, will lead to 300 permanent and 250 construction jobs.

Over 5,000 people are currently working at the Blanchardstown Centre.

Investments

Blanchardstown Centre is managed by Multi Ireland, and managing director Dominic Deeny said this development proposal is the second in a number of planned investments at the premises.

"These investments will create the enhanced shopping experience that our customers expect, and will provide the range of unit sizes and configurations that retailers seeking a presence within Ireland's leading retail location require," he said.

Members of the public can submit any observations on the planning application until October 8.

The first planning application was lodged in May to extend the shopping centre's central mall area.

Multi said that, if planning is granted, this will result in a €15m investment in the centre and the creation of 150 permanent positions.

A further 125 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project if it is given the go-ahead by planners.

This planning application involves a 60,000 sq ft development, which will create several new large retail units on both the lower and upper central mall levels.

"This is the first of a number of planned investments in the Blanchardstown Centre that will enhance the shopping experience for all of our customers and create the large, well-configured units that our retailers require to grow their businesses," said Mr Deeny.

The sale of the Blanchardstown Centre last year was the most expensive single property deal in Irish history, according to research by BNP Paribas Real Estate.

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