MUCH OF THE PROMISED RESTORATION HAS NOT HAPPENED
The markets area, with the Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Markets building as the centrepiece, is rich in history, encompassing long established market and trading streets. The area, bounded by North King Street to the north, Capel Street to the east, Church Street to the west and Inns and Ormond Quays to the south, interlinks the historic Smithfield area with the core retail area to the east.
The area’s rich history and medieval origins is reflected in both the variety of current uses (which include residential, civic, commercial, religious and retail) and also in its historic street pattern and built fabric. The significance of the area is also recognised in planning designations, with an established Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) along Capel Street and a range of identified protected structures within the area, including the Victorian Markets building, Saint Marys Abbey, and the Four Courts complex, and the area’s inclusion in an area of archaeological interest. The area also has a number of low intensity and under-utilised sites, which offer potential for quality urban regeneration.