ACC Bank has asked Dublin City Council to rezone its headquarters site at Charlemont Street in Dublin 2 to allow it construct a landmark building on the site of nearly 0.4 acres.

It says the building is "unremarkable and aesthetically unpleasing" and could be replaced with one of "significant architectural merit".

"We consider that a particular opportunity has arisen to facilitate the development of a building of significant architectural merit on a centrally located, serviced brownfield site in close proximity to public transport," it said. It wants the land rezoned to "facilitate opportunities for employment creation".

ACC has closed several of its branches and is selling off nine surplus ones through property consultants HWBC and local agents. It is planning to open new branches in Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Limerick to replace the ones being sold.

Neil Callanan