Marlborough Street has seen major improvements in the past year. The picturesque new Rosie Hackett Bridge, recently finished, has added greatly to the atmosphere at the southern end of the street. The work on the new LUAS tram line is now completed with the street also benefiting from new pathways and paving. With Red and Green tram lines intersecting at the the Marlborough-Abbey Streets junction, as well as the Tara Street DART station close by, this part of Dublin is set to become the most highly connected part of the city centre.
Cleary’s Department Store which partly backs onto Marlborough Street is shortly to undergo a massive redevelopment and this should lead, in due course, to an enhancement of the areas shopping facilities.
Now there is further good news with the announcement of a multi-million Euro development and expansion for the Abbey Theatre. A totally new building is planned with the demolition of the existing faded, uninspiring, structure. A number of surrounding buildings overlooking the River Liffey have already been acquired and this has the potential to create a potentially beautiful vista.
The design includes an expansion of the seating capacity by 50% to 950. The project is ambitious and no exact costings have been released. However there has been some speculation that an expenditure of in excess of Euro 20 million may be required.