It’s been a busy year for the Brickyard in Dublin, with more than 50 new shops opening in 2017 and the number of apartments going up.
And it’s not just in the city.
The Brickyard has become a hub for business across the country, with many of the buildings that line the street becoming hotspots for the start-ups who want to take their business to the next level.
In the past two years, the Brickyards has been on the top of a list of the most valuable places in Ireland to live by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
“It’s a beautiful area, with a mix of commercial and residential, with shops on the ground floor and apartments above,” said Conor Kelly, owner of the Brickhouse.
“The Brickyard is also a great place to be young and working in, and the growth of the business is very good.”
Cork’s Brickyard, a landmark in the Irish capital, has opened its doors to the public, with over 50 apartments, a bar, restaurants and a boutique hotel.
Photo: Mark Strickland Source: Cork City Council The Brickhouse in Cork is the most popular Irish business district, with an annual turnover of €30m and more than a dozen companies looking to open.
And this year the Brick is being touted as one of the safest places in the country to open a business, with the Garda Síochána warning that any business with a turnover above €100,000 would be subject to a maximum fine of €1 million.
The area around the Brick Yard is becoming a magnet for businesses wanting to expand their operations, with new developments popping up every day.
A recent development at the Brick Yards, The Brick House, is being designed to accommodate a variety of business needs, from a small cafe to a large hotel.
The building is currently being built by a leading Dublin firm called A2 Architects, which has offices in Cork and Dublin.
The brick house is located on the site of a former mill and the first phase of the building will include a three-storey hotel.
With more than 25 shops, bars, restaurants, and a new boutique hotel on the way, the area around Brickyard will become one of Dublin’s most sought-after areas for entrepreneurs, with hundreds of people a day visiting the Brick.
And despite the growing number of companies looking for space, the business community is still in a relatively new phase of growth.
“Businesses in the Brick are in a new space and it’s a very exciting time, but there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of creating a safe environment for new businesses,” said Mr Kelly.
“You have to be proactive and take responsibility for the environment and the environment needs to be responsible for you.”