Grand Canal Dock

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View of the western (inner) basin from the top floor of the Google Docks (Montevetro) building. Boland's Mill, the Altovetro building, and The Marker Hotel can be seen.
The western (inner) basin and Boland's Mill
Alto Vetro (2010), and the National Waterways Visitor Centre

Grand Canal Dock (Irish: Duga na Canálach Móire) is an area near the city centre of Dublin, in the easternmost part of Dublin 2 and the westernmost part of Ringsend in Dublin 4, surrounding the Grand Canal Docks, an enclosed harbour or docking area between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal. Since 2000 the area has undergone significant redevelopment as part of the Dublin Docklands area redevelopment project.

On 22 May 2014, it was announced that a fast-track planning process was approved by An Bord Pleanala. 366,000 square metres of office space and 2,600 homes will be developed across 22 hectares of land in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock areas under the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme.[1]

The Grand Canal Dock area is somewhat disputed. It is generally understood to be bounded by the Liffey to the north, South Lotts Road to the east (or Barrow Street if separating South Lotts as its own area), Grand Canal Street to the south and Macken Street to the west (although current maps show the area including as far west as the corner of Leeson Street and Fitzwilliam Place). Grand Canal Dock contains Grand Canal Dock railway station (also known as Barrow Street Station), the national Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, the U2 Tower site, and a number of notable buildings.

The area has been dubbed "Silicon Dock"[2][3] (a reference to Silicon Valley) as it has become an extremely popular location for high-tech multinationals such as Google,[4] Facebook,[5] Twitter,[6] Linkedin,[7] Airbnb,[8] and more.

In early 2014, five new Dublin Bikes stations were opened in the area.


Notable buildings in the Grand Canal Dock area include:

Alto Vetro[edit]

The Alto Vetro apartment building was awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s (RIAI) Silver Medal for Housing (2007-2008).[9] It was built by the Montevetro developers Treasury Holdings.

Boland's Mill[edit]

Boland's Flour Mill was a functioning mill until 2001. The site, including older stone buildings and taller concrete silos, is now derelict.

View of the Google Docks (Montevetro) building from the roof of The Marker Hotel
The outer basin with Millennium Tower (1998)

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre[edit]

The Bord Gáis is the largest theatre in Ireland. It was opened as the Grand Canal Theatre in 2010 but renamed in March 2012 as part of a paid naming rights agreement.[10]

The Factory[edit]

The Factory houses Irish Film and Television Network studios, as well as rehearsal and recording studios where a number of U2's albums were recorded.

Google Docks[edit]

The Montevetro building completed in 2010 stands at a height of 67 metres and is currently the tallest commercial building in Dublin. It was sold to Google in January 2011 and subsequently renamed "Google Docks".[4] In 2014, the Google Docks building was joined by an "iconic" curving three-pronged steel and transparent glass footbridge to Google's two office buildings across Barrow Street - Gordon House and Gasworks House.[11][12]

The Marker Hotel[edit]

The Marker Hotel is one of only six of the The Leading Hotels of the World in Ireland.

Millenium Tower[edit]

Millenium Tower is an apartment building located on the Grand Canal outer basin. At 63 metres in height, it was the tallest storied building in Dublin from 1998 - 2009.

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Coordinates: 53°20′37″N 6°14′15″W / 53.343497°N 6.23762°W / 53.343497; -6.23762