Retail Property - Kilkenny centre gets green light

A EUR100 million (£67.4 million) retail-led development at Kilkenny, Ireland, has been granted planning permission.

Construction work at the site, 80 miles southwest of Dublin, is due to begin in September. The project must be finished by July 2006 if it is to qualify for tax breaks under Ireland's urban renewal scheme.

The 600,000 sq ft (55,740 sq m) MacDonagh Junction development will include 270,000 sq ft (25,085 sq m) of retail space, with two anchor tenants and 40 smaller units. The proposal also includes a hotel, offices, residential, leisure and community facilities, as well as 1,000 parking spaces.

Architect Broadway Malyan has designed 10 separate buildings linked by a series of streets, a square and landscaped spaces.

The company behind the project is Dublin-based Chesterbridge, working in partnership with Kilkenny council and CIE, Ireland's state owned transport company.