Saturday 10 December 2016

Linders submit fresh plan for former Irish Distillers HQ

Published 16/01/2016 | 02:30

Fresh plan for former headquarters of Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson whiskey. Photo: Aidan Crawley / Bloomberg
Fresh plan for former headquarters of Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson whiskey. Photo: Aidan Crawley / Bloomberg

The former headquarters of Irish Distillers in Dublin is to be partly razed and redeveloped in a multi-million euro project.

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A new office development is planned at the historic Smithfield site by a company controlled by Joe and Patrick Linders.

Linders of Smithfield has sought planning permission from Dublin City Council for the extensive redevelopment of the prime site. It's the second time the Linders proposed a redevelopment of the site, with a previous plan having been rejected by the council in 2011.

Now the company wants to partly demolish the former headquarters which Irish Distillers vacated in 2009 when it moved to a new office in Ballsbridge.

It had been in the premises, which incorporates old buildings that were once used for whiskey warehousing and maturation, since the 1980s when it was converted to offices.

Linders of Smithfield plans to develop a property ranging in height from four to seven storeys above a double basement, which will comprise a gross floor area of 20,500 sq ft.

A restaurant and bar are also planned at the new building.

There will also be a total of six roof terraces, three on the fifth floor and three on the sixth.

The 2011 application by Linders of Smithfield to redevelop the former Irish Distillers HQ was rejected partly because that project required the total demolition of the premises.

The council said at the time that given the historic interest and industrial character of the existing building, the proposal to entirely demolish it would be contrary to development plan policies.

Linders had intended to build a new seven-storey premises, with three another three levels below ground.

Irish Independent

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