The majority of the complex consists of concrete silos built between the 1940s and 1960s. The mill stopped production in 2001 and the site is now derelict. Within the complex of buildings, the older stone block buildings facing onto Ringsend Road and onto Grand Canal Dock together with two terraced houses on Barrow street are listed as protected buildings by Dublin City Council. The taller concrete silos on the site are not protected structures.
This site should not be confused with the old Bolands Biscuit Mills building on the corner of Grand Canal Street and Macken Street now known as the Treasury Building.
Site control and planning
The Boland's Mill site initially had planning permission for an office, residential and retail/hotel redevelopment granted by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (under Section 25 of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act, 1997). The site was sold to Versus Limited/Benton Properties for 42 million euros in 2004 and had planned to develop 67 apartments, two houses, 13,284sqm of office space, as well as retail and leisure facilities on the site.
The property collapsed in value by a staggering 84 percent following the property market bust, from €61m in 2007 to €9.9m in 2009, according to accounts filed by Versus with the Companies Office. Versus owes parent company Benton €15.8m.
The National Asset Management Agency took control of the site in late 2012. Future plans indicate that receivers are likely to consider pushing ahead with a major office development, potentially utilising NAMA's budgeted €2bn to meet the demand for offices around the Grand Canal basin. The area has become extremely popular as a location for hi-tech multinationals.
- Dublin City Development Plan, 2005-2011: Volume 3: Record of Protected Structures. Dublin: Dublin City Council. 2005. p. 82. ISBN 1-902703-26-X. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Brophy, David (2005-02-20). "Setting his sites on reshaping the city". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- O'Donovan, Donal (2012-12-02). "Toxic bank takes control of historic Boland's Mill site". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
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