Saturday 22 July 2017

The cranes are back on the skyline - here are the projects set to change face of capital

With planning permission for over 3.1 million square metres of commercial and office space, Dublin will see huge revamp

Construction taking place on Dublin's Molesworth Street. Photo: Arthur Carron
Construction taking place on Dublin's Molesworth Street. Photo: Arthur Carron
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A glance at the Dublin skyline tells the story - dozens of cranes dotted around as the construction industry continues its recovery, and firms undertake projects totalling billions of euro.

Planning permission for more than 3.1 million square metres of new office and commercial development has been approved in the capital over the past three years, with work now under way on many.

They include high-profile developments such as the new €150m ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street in the Georgian core, and a 19-storey high-rise residential tower in the Docklands.

Work has started on student accommodation, offices, nursing homes and hotels with projects valued at more than €1.3bn approved and under way in the Docklands alone.

While four big schemes on the city's quays and surrounds are outlined here, others under construction include a €140m development at Hanover Quay/Sir John Rogerson's Quay, which includes 18,000 square metres of offices and 122 apartments. A new headquarters for Airbnb at Hanover Quay and the Exo Building opposite the Point Depot are also on the way.

Passengers on the €370m Luas Cross City project, which opens later this year, will notice major changes on Molesworth Street, with four developments under way or recently completed.

Ballymores Dublin Landings development
Ballymores Dublin Landings development

Deputy city planner Mary Conway says that parts of the city will be transformed, particularly those which missed out during the boom.

The council wants to see infill sites developed, to allow consolidation of the city.

"There's no question that there's very significant levels of investment and significant growth," she said.

"You can walk around the city and see the cranes, they are happening and they will help transform the city, including parts which were left behind or neglected in the past.

The development on Sir John Rogerson's Quay includes a 19-storey residential tower to accommodate 86 high-end apartments, each with a balcony or terrace.
The development on Sir John Rogerson's Quay includes a 19-storey residential tower to accommodate 86 high-end apartments, each with a balcony or terrace.

"Student accommodation on Gardiner Street, Summerhill and Dorset Street are going to transform that part of the city.

"They [students] will have money to spend locally in shops, cafés and restaurants and may help drive provision of new local services which will benefit everybody. These big schemes are allowing people to come into the city to live and work. It's much more sustainable to use brownfield sites, rather than sending people out of the city."

Highest densities are allowed in the Docklands, and the maximum heights as allowed in the city development plan are being approved in other locations, while being mindful of the need to preserve the historic core.

Many of the buildings employ the highest energy rating standards and are designed by the country's foremost architects. More projects will follow, including the National Children's Hospital and pedestrianised College Green.

The new business school, designed by Scott Tallon Walker, is expected to cost €70m and is bounded by Pearse Street and the campus
The new business school, designed by Scott Tallon Walker, is expected to cost €70m and is bounded by Pearse Street and the campus

These are the projects currently under construction:

1. Capital Dock, Sir John Rogerson's Quay

2. Boland's Quay

3. Dublin Landings

4. Student accommodation, Point Village

5. Trinity College Dublin Business School

6. Printing House Square student accommodation, Trinity College

7. Number One Molesworth Street

8. Number Ten Molesworth Street

9. Student accommodation, Gardiner Street

10. Student accommodation, Summerhill

11. Mill Street - nursing home, hotel and student accommodation

12. Charlemont Street flats mixed-use development an new hotel at Charlemont clinic

 

Irish Independent

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