Sunday 25 September 2016

TCD's €52m development plan faces opposition

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Trinity College
Trinity College

An Taisce and some Trinity College alumnae are opposed to a planned €52m redevelopment of an office block on Dublin's Pearse Street that TCD wants to convert to student accommodation.

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Dublin City Council has also told Trinity College that it has concerns about the proposed project, particularly in terms of scale, massing and height.

Trinity College applied for planning permission for the development in November. It wants to demolish the existing five-storey Oisin House, which has been in use by the Department of Social Protection and its predecessor for over 20 years. The college then wants to build a seven-storey , 13,800 sq m scheme that will house 278 student accommodation units.

An Taisce, the national trust for Ireland, said it's opposed to the plan, arguing that the "densification" of Oisin House is "not necessary or desirable".

"The proposal amounts to an exercise in floorspace maximisation at the expense of an area of great historic, architectural and civic design sensitivity," it added in a submission to the council.

One Trinity alumna has branded the plans a "monstrosity" and said she and other graduates are threatening to withdraw from fundraising activities for Trinity if construction proceeds.

The project will involve the creation of a courtyard, three squash courts and a handball court. Retail units and ancillary student services will also be incorporated into the scheme.

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