The Grafton Street ‘experience’ will be getting even better as Dublin’s premier street is set for a €4 million revamp that will begin next month.
Dublin City Council’s Grafton Street Improvement Scheme will see the current red brick pavement which was laid in 1988 replaced by a more durable granite paving that has been sourced from the nearby Dublin and Wicklow mountains.
A street with an annual footfall of 30 million which houses an array of beautiful and historic buildings deserves a new and improved pavement. The repavement of Grafton Street will not only improve the street’s appearance but it will make walking down Dublin’s busiest shopping street a more pleasurable experience.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí speaking about the repaving of Grafton Street has said:
“Grafton Street is the premier street south of the Liffey – when Grafton Street looks well, the city does well. The repaving is great news for businesses, shoppers and tourists. ”
The revamp of Grafton Street will include new public lighting and street furniture; sculptures will also be introduced onto the street as part of the planned improvements.
To minimise disruption during the refurbishment there will be five phases to the improvement scheme which will take place over an estimated 18 month period. Dublin City Council has said the repaving of the street will be suspended for an eight week period over Christmas and New Year sales. Most importantly all businesses on Grafton Street will remain open during the refurbishment so shoppers and those planning to visit the famous street need not worry.
Phase 1 will involve the Grafton Street end of the street to the junction with Chatham Street and will end in September.
Phase 2 will begin at the Nassau Street end of Grafton Street and up to the junction with Wicklow Street and will be completed by November.
Phase 3 will involve Wicklow Street to the Junction of Duke Street, this will take place from January to April 2014.
Phase 4 will see paving from Duke Street to South Anne Street replaced from April to August.
Phase 5, the final phase of the Grafton Street Improvement Scheme will involve the repaving of South Anne Street to Chatham Street which is due to be completed by November 2014.
Richard Guiney of Dublin City Business Improvement District realises the importance of the planned improvements to Dublin’s premier street, “The planned repaving will ensure the physical environment matches the quality retail and leisure offering and will accelerate the continued growth,”.