The present owner of CHQ purchased the building in 2013 and immediately set about master-planning its future. Part of this process was an extensive DDDA Section 25 planning application which has recently been granted. In 2014 two additional lunch offerings were added internally, as well as tables and chairs in the main mall to encourage visitors to come and stay with the newly installed free high speed WIFI adding to the experience - this has resulted in footfall numbers doubling since early 2014. Today between 6,500-7,500 people visit the building every day, with that figure increasing during events within the building or on George's Dock platform located just besides the building - the overall area making up Custom House Quarter.
A world class visitor attraction / exhibition centre is in the planning and will occupy approx. 3,700 sq. metres (40,000 sq. feet), primarily in the southern vaults area and includes a retail element on the ground floor. An engaging and technology driven interactive experience that will tell the story of the Irish, their achievements and the impact they have had and still have on the world. A state of the art genealogy centre will also be part of ‘EPIC Ireland - The Journey of a Nation'.‘The EPIC Ireland visitor experience will bring you on a journey starting in Ireland and culminating with a view of the world that illustrates the Irish global presence today, from tales of suffering and exile, to stories of opportunity and success' Opening is expected for May 2016.
Internally, “Dogpatch Labs 2.0" has recently opened its doors - a pay-to-play co-working space for scaling technology start-up companies. Dogpatch Labs is occupying approximately 1,230 sq. metres (13,239 sq. feet) at ground floor level in th ...