Wednesday 18 October 2017

New Paddy McKillen Jr docklands hotel gets go-ahead from Dublin city planners

Dublin's docklands
Dublin's docklands
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Property developers Paddy McKillen Jr and Matt Ryan have been given the green light by Dublin City Council to proceed with plans to develop a new hotel in the heart of Dublin's docklands.

The proposed hotel at 82 North Wall Quay will be located next to both Dublin Landings, the 1,000,000sq ft mixed-use development currently under construction by developer Sean Mulryan's Ballymore Properties and the Central Bank's new headquarters.

Construction of the new hotel is due to get under way within the next three months with a view to opening for business at the end of 2018. Upon completion, it will consist of 60 bedrooms, a rooftop bar and restaurant, ground floor bar and restaurant, coffee shop and terrace area.

As part of the permission given by Dublin City Council planners, McKillen and Ryan's company, Oakmount, also intends to restore the neighbouring 19th-century building at 81 North Wall Quay, returning it to its former use as a pub. The project will also see the reinstatement of a garden to the rear of the property while the two buildings, both of which are protected structures, will be joined internally at ground floor level.

Apart from the works proposed for the existing properties, the plans drawn up by ODOS Architects will see the creation of an additional two floors with a planted flat roof above the existing eaves level of No 82, resulting in a five-storey building. This addition will see a corten steel and glass feature rising from the protected former industrial warehouse with panoramic views of the River Liffey and surrounding docklands.

While Mr McKillen had sought permission to convert the former warehouse into a 93-bedroom hotel, with the addition of five storeys, council planners objected, saying that it would have been in breach of the Dublin City Development Plan's provisions for conservation of the area.

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