Wednesday 29 March 2017

Legal firm block Irish Life office plan

The proposed building on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
The proposed building on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Gordon Deegan

The Dublin offices of international legal firm, Maples & Calder have put on hold plans by Irish Life to construct a new six storey office block on a landmark St Stephen's Green site.

Dublin City Council has given Irish Life the go-ahead to demolish its existing block at Hainault House, which consultants for Irish Life describe as 'no longer fit for purpose'.

In its place, Irish Life have been given the go-ahead for a much larger office block and this has sparked Maples & Calder to lodge an appeal with An Bord Pleanala.

Maples and Calder occupy three floors on the adjoining block and consultants for Maples and Calder point out that the work undertaken by the firm "is highly sensitive and confidential".

The consultants state that Maples and Calder "have significant concerns about the scale and proximity" of the proposal.

They state that the Irish Life plan "will materially increase intrusive overlooking of the Maples and Calder offices, thereby raising the potential for breaches of confidentiality."

Scheme designer, Tom Philips & Associates states that the proposal will make a positive and respectful contribution towards the street-scape and will bring considerable planning gains to the area.

The Council planner's report stated that the development's density would not unduly detract from the amenities of either adjoining properties or the area's character.

Irish Independent

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