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Trinity's big plan for restaurant in old AIB

A FORMER bank in Temple Bar looks likely to become the area's latest trendy new restaurant.

Trinity College Dublin has applied to the city council for permission for the restaurant development.

It aims to revamp the former AIB building at 30 to 34 Anglesea Street and 3 to 4 Foster Place South.

If approval is granted, the buildings will be changed from a banking hall into the fashionable eatery. Also included in the application is provision for a retail outlet and educational facilities.

Planning permission is being sought to upgrade the "entire property" for improved educational facilities and "comply with current building regulations and accessibility standards", according to Trinity.

The upper levels of the buildings will be overhauled and extended to provide academic accommodation, including teaching rooms and offices.

Banking vaults dating back two centuries will have to be removed if the development goes ahead.

Four of the buildings are listed as protected structures. Trinity acquired the former AIB branch in Foster Street off College Green in 2001.

The university was previously refused permission to develop Dublin's largest bar on the site.

The earlier plan, in Foster Place, had been lodged on behalf of the Provost, Fellows, and Scholars of the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Negative

But the council had said the "proposed development would lead to an excessive concentration of such uses in the area".

This would have resulted in "an unacceptable negative impact on the amenity of the area". Planners also ruled that the changes would have detracted from the buildings.

comurphy@herald.ie