Dublin city council has advertised tenders for businesses or operators interested in occupying ten new kiosks to be placed along OConnell Street from the Parnell Monument to OConnell Bridge. Designed by Londons bloc Architecture group, these modern slim-line kiosks in glass, timber and stone are to house coffee shops, florists and newspaper stands, as well as information booths, a self-cleaning public toilet and a public phone facility. The introduction of this street furniture onto OConnell Street is part of the O'Connell Street Integrated Area Plan for the complete upgrading of the area. Wider footpaths, new street lighting and paving are already in place, and the architect in charge of the project, Kilian Skay, says that the new-look OConnell Street will be completed by May 2006. The council plans to offer one of the kiosks to the Garda Siochana, Irelands national police service.
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