Grafton Street turns green to mark completion of improvement works

Dublin City Council and Grafton Street’s businesses will celebrate the completion of the Grafton Street Improvement Scheme with a special event outside Marks & Spencer’s at 6.45pm tonight.
The project cost approximately €4m and saw the street’s old red brick surface replaced with high quality natural stone, new public lighting and street furniture. Dublin City Council and local businesses will mark the occasion by switching on the new street lighting tonight.
The lighting will be green this weekend to mark the St. Patrick’s Festival. This will showcase a new public lighting feature which allows the council to change the colour of street lights on Grafton Street to mark special occasions.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke will perform the ceremonial switching on of the new street lights. He says, “I, and Dublin City Council, would like to thank the businesses and the many people who visit Grafton Street for their cooperation and patience during the improvement works. Following these works Grafton Street is now an even bigger draw for shoppers and tourists. The works were carried out with the minimum of disruption and that is a credit to everyone involved, in particular the City Council, the contractor, the businesses and members of the public.”
Richard Guiney, CEO of DublinTown said “The attractiveness of Grafton Street has been significantly improved by the recent works and has been experiencing a significant growth in footfall in recent months. The fact that footfall continued to improve throughout the period of the works is testament to the collegiate approach adopted and Dublin City Council are to be congratulated for this. We have a model of success that we can now use in other streets as we continually improve the city experience for our own citizens and our visitors.”
Dublin City Council is also pleased to announce that work will start on the repaving of the pedestrian section of Wicklow Street and of Johnson Court by the middle of April 2015. The council expects to appoint a contractor shortly and anticipates works will be completed on the approx €0.5m project by late September 2015.
The works are the next stage of the Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Project and the design and look will be similar to the new-look Grafton Street.
To view an artist’s impression of the completed Wicklow Street and Johnson’s Court and to see FAQs on the project see
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