US property group Hines and its Dutch partners APG Asset Management are submitting a fast-track planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the building of 416 new homes on the former Player Wills and Bailey Gibson site on the South Circular Road in Dublin.

The site spreads out over 2.18 hectares and was bought by Hines and APG in December 2018. 

Phase one of the development will consist of 404 new apartments, two duplex, three triplex apartments and four houses to be built in five new proposed blocks. 

These would range in height from two to 16 storeys, over single level basement on part of the site. All phases will include 10% social housing in line with statutory requirements.

Hines said a central feature of the development will be the shared areas which have been recently fully re-specified to allow for the integration of social-distancing measures in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Amenities planned include two residents lounges, a gymnasium, a managed concierge area, a co-working space and an internal and external communal area and garden.

A commercial zone is also proposed, to facilitate a restaurant, café or bar as well as shops, health facilities, community and arts spaces and office space for professional commercial activity.

The plan also proposes the construction of a 283 square metre childcare facility and associated play areas.

Hines said up to 1,360 new homes will be built by Hines and APG across its two sites - the Player Wills and Bailey Gibson site and the St Theresa's Gardens site - in the coming years.

Pending planning approval, Hines hopes to start construction in early 2021.

"Hines and APG have worked closely with Dublin City Council and other stakeholders to develop a detailed design that provides much needed housing and associated amenities, while respecting the local street pattern and heritage of the area," commented Gary Corrigan, a managing director of Hines Ireland.

"This first planning application signals an exciting new chapter for Dublin 8 and for this superbly-located site which lies within walking distance of the city centre, the LUAS red line, multiple bus routes and the Grand Canal cycleway," he added.