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Matt Cooper: A genuinely iconic building gets a new and public-friendly lease of life

The former Central Bank on Dublin’s Dame Street, designed by the late Sam Stephenson, has been refurbished and renewed – and the skateboarders who flocked there in previous decades may even be welcomed back

CGI of the promised One Central Plaza on Dame Street: the old Central Bank building, originally designed by Sam Stephenson, promises to offer a fresh vision for the area

The old Central Bank on Dame Street is one of the most imposing and, dare it be said, impressive buildings in our capital city. Whether you like the look of it or not is a matter of taste, but if someone proposed to build it from scratch today it is likely that the number and volume of objections would be enormous. Too tall, too modern for the environment. The usual.

As it happens, when it ...