An Bord Pleanála has given Hines and the Peterson Group, two real-estate companies, permission to begin planning on the Central Plaza project. The project will take place in Dublin city centre. An announcement was made by Hines letting the general public know about the plans. Upon completion, the revamped plaza location will allow space for over 1,300 employees, and the undertaking will result in about 300 newly created retail and hospitality jobs. The previous Central Bank headquarters will be restored into a spacious 73,100 square feet, 8 floor office building. The building will be contemporary and provide for a highly functional office space with both individual offices and breakout meeting areas. On the ground and basement levels, 33,000 square feet of shops and food venues will be introduced. A grand staircase and tall revolving doors will lead directly from the plaza to the building’s 6 metre tall lobby. The remodelling process has already begun. In order to connect Grafton Street, College Green, Trinity College and Temple Bar, the plaza will be enlarged. An overall goal of the project is to link 6-8 College Green, 9 College Green, and Dame Street. In terms of 6-8 College Green, Amtrust Financial will begin leasing the 12,500 square foot office in the third quarter of 2018. The ground floor in 6-8, which is a 10,000 square foot retail unit, will also be finished at this time. In the next few weeks the scaffolding on building 6-8 will be taken off. BNP Paribas will serve as letting agents of the retail and hospitality aspects of the project, and according to Hines the Plaza has already seen a lot of attention from potential retailers and operators.