Planners have given the green light for a unique performance and events space in the Dublin docklands, it was revealed today.
The Point Village, built out of 116 old multi-coloured shipping containers, will host open-air concerts, an outdoor cinema and weekend markets next door to the O2.
A big wheel similar to the London Eye is also being planned.
Developer Harry Crosbie said it was a temporary and low-cost solution to open the area to the public rather than let it lie idle in the recession.
“We are planning, between the Point Village Square and The O2 and the big wheel, to have seven million people a year visiting the area,” he said.
“This will be a site that will combine the attractions of the world’s busiest concert venue of its size, a market to rival Covent Garden and a unique tourist attraction in the big wheel.”
Mr Crosbie said it should open at the start of the summer.
The site will be open for four years and will also house kiosks and 15 stalls for art and design students to showcase and sell their wares, with developers hoping to create a Covent Garden-style market.
Dublin City Council, which granted planning permission, is a partner in the development and will use the facilities for community activity, meetings and games.