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New development to replace former Screen Cinema granted permission by Dublin City Council

The iconic cinema, located on Hawkins Street, closed in early 2016.

pastedimage-91346-390x285 The former Screen Cinema Source: Rollingnews.ie

PERMISSION HAS BEEN granted a dramatic redevelopment of the former Screen Cinema and College House in Dublin.

The iconic cinema, located on Hawkins Street, closed in early 2016.

Dublin City Council granted permission for the development of a mixed-use office scheme at the site which includes College House, Number 2-3 Townsend Street, Number 16-19 Hawkins Street, and the former cinema.

screen Plans for the new development at the old Screen Cinema. Source: Dublin City Council/Henry J Lyons Architects

According to the decision document, the development will consist of the demolition of the existing nine storey College House Building, including the multi-storey car park and ancillary structures, as well as the demolition of the historic three storey cinema building.

The new development will consist of the construction of a ten-storey building. On the ground level there will be space for a café, shops and a restaurant unit. It will also have landscaped roof terraces.

A 500-seater venue will be situated in the basement, which will hold a bar, restaurant and box office.

The development will also contain a new civic space to the south of the site at the junction of Hawkins Street and Townsend Street including a water feature, tree planting, seating and bicycle stand to hold 20 bikes.

There will also be a central courtyard  with integrated seating

screen 2 Plans that have been granted permission by Dublin City Council. Source: Dublin City Council/Henry J Lyons

The construction works will require some bus stops in the area to be repositioned. The site must also undergo an archaeological review.

The permission was granted with a number of conditions attached, including that the developer will have to pay the sum of €588,582 to the Planning Authority in respect of the Luas Cross City Scheme.

This contribution shall be paid prior to the commencement of development, with the council stating that it is considered reasonable that the payment be made in respect of the public infrastructure and facilities benefitting from the development of the Luas Cross City.

Another condition is that the primary function of the restaurant and cafes shall be for the sale of food, meals and refreshments to be consumed on the premises, and stipulates that the units shall not be used as a public house.

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