Dundrum Town Centre

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Dundrum Town Centre
DundrumTownCentre.JPG
Dundrum town centre (Dundrum South entrance)
LocationDundrum, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°17′10″N 6°14′30″W / 53.28611°N 6.24167°W / 53.28611; -6.24167Coordinates: 53°17′10″N 6°14′30″W / 53.28611°N 6.24167°W / 53.28611; -6.24167
AddressDundrum Town Centre
Sandyford Road
Opening date3 March 2005
OwnerHammerson and Allianz
ArchitectBurke - Kennedy Doyle Architects, Dublin, Ireland
No. of stores and services160
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft)
No. of floors4 (main levels)
Parking3,400
Public transit accessLuas Green Line (Balally / Dundrum)
Dublin Bus routes 14, 44, 44B
Go-Ahead Ireland routes 75, 175
Websitedundrum.ie

Dundrum Town Centre is a shopping centre located in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland. It is Ireland's largest[1] shopping centre with over 169 tenants, almost 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft) of floor space, and over 3,400 car parking spaces.[1] It is located just south of the village centre of Dundrum.

History[edit]

Dundrum Town Centre was built on the site of the former Pye television factory, later the site of an entertainment and bowling centre called Dundrum Bowl. In 1993, the Dundrum Bowl was closed due to flooding.[citation needed]

The shopping centre was opened on 3 March 2005. Over 5,000[2] people queued in the main square. Within 3 years, over 70 million people visited Dundrum Town Centre.[3]

The centre has been extended in phases and is divided into various districts. It is divided into areas its management labels "districts" - the "Gallery", located in the main building, "Pembroke", around the Mill Pond feature, and "Dundrum South", located outside the main Tesco overground car park.[citation needed]

In July 2016, the UK commercial property firm Hammerson bought control of Dundrum from Allianz for a reported £1.01 billion, and will own it jointly with Allianz Real Estate.[4]

2011 flood[edit]

Dundrum Town Centre was evacuated shortly before 8pm on 24 October 2011 after floodwaters surged through the doors. The owner of a Mexican restaurant in the complex said five feet of water had rushed down steps towards his business, causing thousands of euro worth of damage.[5]

Name[edit]

"Dundrum Town Centre" was originally a local government term, defined by Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council, before the shopping centre was built. It was described as "the area between the Luas line, the Dundrum Relief Road, the Taney Road / Upper Churchtown Road junction, and the Wyckham By-Pass Route. It is mainly zoned for "town centre" uses, but with some parts zoned residential." The shopping centre was built under the provisions of the Urban Structure Plan for the Dundrum Town Centre zone.

The name Dundrum Shopping Centre referred to an older, smaller, shopping centre off Main Street in Dundrum, which is still open, and home to Lidl, Dealz, Mulveys of Dundrum. Following many years of decay, efforts have been made to revamp this area and it is now known as Dundrum Village Centre.

Tenants[edit]

Dundrum Town Centre contains a range of retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants. Retail stores include Tesco Ireland, Marks and Spencer, H&M, Next, Harvey Nichols, Gap, Hollister Co., Penney's, JD Sports and Zara.[6] Entertainment includes a Movies@ cinema and Mill Theatre Dundrum. A temporary ice-skating rink is operational during some of the Winter months to host ‘Dundrum on Ice’, which starts in October.[7][8]

Public transport[edit]

The centre is served by the Luas green line, the closest stop is Balally but it is also close to Dundrum stop. It is also served by Dublin Bus routes 14, 44, and 44b and Go-Ahead Ireland routes 75 and 175.

Media[edit]

RTÉ studio in Dundrum Town Centre

Dublin South FM 93.9 is a local BAI-licensed community based radio station for South Dublin. It started broadcasting in 1995 from the old PYE centre, and also broadcast from Rathfarnham. It now broadcasts from purpose-built new studios in the Dundrum Town Centre. About 60 volunteers produce and broadcast 35 hours of programmes each week. Transition Year students from local schools also get involved, as well as media students.

Communicorp also have a studio in Dundrum Town Centre with 98fm, SPIN 1038, NewsTalk and Today FM regularly broadcasting from it. Today FM's Phil Cawley presents a show from the centre every Sunday from 1–4.

An in-house television channel, "Dundrum Television", was launched by RTÉ in 2005,[citation needed] and used to broadcast advertising and other programming.[9]

Interior of Dundrum Town Centre

Awards[edit]

In 2011, Dundrum Town Centre was awarded the county's first Ecocert certification.[10]

By the end of 2009, Dundrum Town Centre had won 30 national and international awards since opening.

In 2009, Dundrum Town Centre was awarded "Shopping Centre of the Year" for the third year running at the FBD Retail Excellence Awards, as voted by shopping centre retailers throughout Ireland.[11]

On 27 April 2007, Dundrum Town Centre was named as the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) European Shopping Centre of the year for 2007 at their European conference in Warsaw. Shopping Centres throughout Europe were visited and judged as part of a rigorous adjudication system, which had as its criteria: Tenant Mix, Community Integration, Vision, Customer Service Ethos, Management Systems and Sustainability. From an initial list of 24, a short list of 3 was made, from which Dundrum was chosen.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jack Fagan (10 December 2014). "Buying frenzy set to continue in new year". Irishtimes.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Dundrum - A New Era". Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Dundrum Town Centre's Awards". Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  4. ^ Farrell, Sean (8 July 2016). "Hammerson pays £1bn for Ireland's largest shopping centre". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 April 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  5. ^ Cassisy, Luke (25 October 2011). "Dundrum flooding response criticised". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Ladies Fashion | Dundrum Town Centre". www.dundrum.ie. Archived from the original on 1 December 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  7. ^ "The best tours & ice rinks around Ireland this Christmas". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Dundrum On Ice, ice skating on real ice in Dundrum Town Centre". Dundrum On Ice. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "RTÉ Television Sales - DTV". tvsales.rte.ie. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010.
  10. ^ "2011 News Archive - Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council". Dlrcoco.ie. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Shopping Centre of the Year 2009". Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  12. ^ "News & Events | Dundrum Town Centre". Dundrum.ie. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.