Dublin’s famous 19th century fruit, vegetable and fish markets are to be redeveloped into a ‘new gastronomic centre for Dublin’.

A joint design team comprising HKR Architects, Ken Shuttleworth’s Make, and Gehl Architects has won a competition to redesign the site which is near the Four Courts, north of the River Liffey.

The plan comprises a mixed-use office, residential and retail scheme with a redeveloped Fruit and Vegetable Market building, with a restored façade, at the heart.

The architects said the design ‘opened up the site and transformed into a dynamic new urban focal point with the creation of a generous new public space’.

The proposals also aim to connect the markets area better to the city centre and the Temple Bar area through the use of the light rail network, the LUAS.

The redevelopment is being carried out by the Markets Regeneration Consortium and forms part of Dublin City Council’s Markets Area Draft Framework Plan.