CHQ SHOPPING CENTRE IN DUBLIN DOCKLANDS [ ORIGINALLY STACK A]
I actually worked at this location [Stack A] in the late 1960s well before it was redeveloped.
I am willing to bet that the majority of Dubliners are unaware of this shopping centre which for many years could have been described as a ‘Ghost Shopping Centre’.
the current CHQ [Custom House Quay] building overlooks the River Liffey and George’s Dock. The building is a grade one listed building situated within the heart of the city’s bustling International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in the Docklands. Formerly known as Stack A, it was built in 1820 as a wine and tobacco warehouse with vaults beneath to store wine. Stack A was made famous when it hosted the Crimean War Banquet in 1856 celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers. The building has been magnificently restored and revamped.
Back in July 2013 it was reported the CHQ Building been sold by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) for just over €10 million. The Grade One listed building was redeveloped by the DDDA in 2005 for a cost of approximately €45 million but has struggled to maintain high occupancy levels. 82 per cent of the development was vacant when it was put on sale. The property was bought by former Coca-Cola Company CEO Neville Isdell, who said that “the initial plan is to make improvements to the building before deciding on its long-time use”.
Official Description Of The Building: Designed by the renowned engineer John Rennie with ironwork supplied by the Butterley Foundry in Derbyshire, Stack A has undergone a sensitive renovation which has managed to retain the material and structural integrity of what is considered the most impressive late Georgian industrial building in Dublin. Historically, the building constituted the largest single interior space in the city during the nineteenth-century and was therefore chosen as the site for the Crimea Banquet in 1856, to honour the Irish Regiments, who were addressed by MP Isaac Butt. Fronting onto the River Liffey and onto George’s Dock, the former warehouse represents the largest historic element in the revitalised Docklands area and its renaming as the ‘CHQ’ has returned the structure to landmark status.