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Published in Commercial Property on 02/09/2021

CBRE Begin Retail Leasing at Bolands Mills


CNI Editor reports

CBRE, on behalf of owner Google Ireland, is seeking occupiers for ten units available at Bolands Mills, a mixed-use redevelopment built around a historic 19th century flour mill. The retail space at Bolands Mills extends to over c.29,076 sq. ft. Bolands Mills has been designed with community at its core.

The development will celebrate the rich heritage associated with the landmark location, while offering new public and cultural spaces. Situated in the heart of Grand Canal Dock, Bolands Mills will bring an eclectic mix of restaurants, café bars and specialist, independent stores to the locality through its retail and leisure offering. A reimagined public realm, streets and walkways have been designed for seamless access to the surrounding area.It will open in 2023.

The Bolands Mills development in its entirety will comprise a total of over c.400,000 sq. ft. of regenerated mixed-use space. This includes office space, which will be occupied by Google, 46 apartments[1], and available for lease are nine retail/leisure units and a community and cultural space ranging in size from c. 1,068 sq. ft. – 5,080 sq. ft respectively. There is also a unique market hall on the ground floor of the restored mill buildings where there is an opportunity to combine several units providing a total internal floor area of c.8,600 sq ft.

Bernadine Hogan, Head of Retail, CBRE Ireland commented “Our focus is on engaging a diverse mix of retailers and experiences that will bring new energy to Bolands Mills. This is the ideal platform for independent or specialist food, leisure and service-led occupiers to grow their businesses and connect with a large audience. We are looking to create a real destination which will be boosted by the ease of access, connectivity, and character of this location. This is an exciting high-profile development to work on and we are delighted to commence the leasing process.”

Bolands Mills has long been a hub of local industry. The original pair of stone cut flour mill buildings, which date back to the 1830s, were bought in 1873 by a local baker called Patrick Boland. Production at the mills stopped in 2001, and the old buildings sat largely untouched ever since. In 2018, the Bolands Mills development was bought by Google Ireland. The historic mill buildings are being meticulously restored and will be a central part of the regeneration of Bolands Mills.

Bolands Mills’ historic role in food production will be reflected in the creation of a unique market hall in the ground floor of the old mills. Against the industrial backdrop of the old mill buildings, the market hall presents a unique opportunity for a marketplace operator to curate a lively mix of food stalls, traders and producers and has the potential to become a major new destination on Dublin’s culinary scene.

Jennifer Kelly, Global Vice President of Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google said: “It’s important for us to preserve the heritage of Bolands Mills while enhancing it for generations to come. As well as providing Google with a new home, we want Bolands Mills to meet the needs of our neighbours and become a lively, welcoming place for people to come together. The inclusion of community, cultural, retail and food spaces mean that Bolands Mills can continue to play a key role in the social and commercial life of the area.”

As announced in November 2020, Google Ireland will partner with a not-for-profit Approved Housing Body to offer the 46 apartments it acquired as part of the Bolands Mills development as fixed-term reduced rent opportunities to key workers in the local community. Google is working with a selected shortlist of Approved Housing Bodies to develop and implement the plan.