Thursday 27 July 2017

Golden couple BOD and Amy Huberman get green light for revamp of €1.8m dream family home

Application includes new three storey rear extension and a new single storey side and rear extension

Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman relax in the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Co Leitrim the day after their wedding. Photo: PA
Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman relax in the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Co Leitrim the day after their wedding. Photo: PA
The €1.8m that the couple paid for the red bricked home - built between 1863 and 1870 -  is less than half the €4.3m the previous owners paid for the home in 2006.
The report states that “the proposed alterations have been designed and scaled in a manner that is  highly respectful of the special interest and integrity of the protected structure”
The application includes a new three storey rear extension to replace the existing “non original” two storey extension and a new single storey side and rear extension

Gordon Deegan

Golden couple, Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman have received the all clear from their new next door neighbours for the revamp of their new €1.8m dream family home in south Dublin.

Last year, the two purchased a Victorian property on the tree-lined Palmerston Rd in Rathmines.

The €1.8m that the couple paid for the red bricked home - built between 1863 and 1870 -  is less than half the €4.3m the previous owners paid for the home in 2006.

In December, the couple successfully secured permission for an extension to the five year planning permission attached to the property.

The €1.8m that the couple paid for the red bricked home - built between 1863 and 1870 -  is less than half the €4.3m the previous owners paid for the home in 2006.
The €1.8m that the couple paid for the red bricked home - built between 1863 and 1870 -  is less than half the €4.3m the previous owners paid for the home in 2006.

However, the two have now hired Dublin architects, Tyler Owen Architects to lodge completely new plans with the Council to restore the protected structure to a single family residence.

The application includes a new three storey rear extension to replace the existing “non original” two storey extension and a new single storey side and rear extension.

The couple attended a pre-planning consultation meeting accompanied by their planning advisors  with Dublin City Council planners in January and a handwritten note by a Council planner from the meeting states that the return of the building to family use is welcome by Dublin City Council “as it is currently a property which is at risk”.

A report drawn up for the couple by Hughes Planning and Development Consultants confirms that the couple’s new next door neighbours are ‘on-side’ with the plan.

The report states that “the proposed alterations have been designed and scaled in a manner that is  highly respectful of the special interest and integrity of the protected structure”
The report states that “the proposed alterations have been designed and scaled in a manner that is  highly respectful of the special interest and integrity of the protected structure”

The planning report by Kevin Hughes states that the next door neighbours “have been consulted throughout the design stages and are satisfied that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure that the proposal will not result in the dis-amenity to their property”.

Mr Hughes states: “It is therefore submitted that the proposed development is acceptable in that will cause no harm to the residential amenity currently enjoyed by any neighbouring properties.”

Mr Hughes adds that the new three storey extension “has been designed to be respectful of the amenity currently enjoyed by the neighbouring dwellings, most notably the adjoining dwellings to the immediate north”.

Mr Hughes also argues that the proposed for the home “will only serve to further enhance the appearance and character of the building with the aim of ensuring the long term integrity of the protected structure is conserved”.

The application includes a new three storey rear extension to replace the existing “non original” two storey extension and a new single storey side and rear extension
The application includes a new three storey rear extension to replace the existing “non original” two storey extension and a new single storey side and rear extension

The report states that “the proposed alterations have been designed and scaled in a manner that is  highly respectful of the special interest and integrity of the protected structure”.

Mr Hughes concludes that the proposed development in terms of layout, form, height, design and finishing materials, has been designed to a high standard that aims to improve the existing dwelling and application site as a whole, while protecting the interest and character of adjacent buildings on Palmerstown Rd and Orrmond Rd.

Both O’Driscoll and Huberman are both flying high in their respective careers of punditry and acting, while they also enjoy handsome sponsorship deals around their brands that will be help pay for the house revamp.

Rugby legend O’Driscoll is enjoying a lucrative post playing career as a pundit for BT Sports and Newstalk while Huberman recently enjoyed a career high playing the lead role in the RTE ratings hit, Striking Out.

The most recent accounts for O’Driscoll’s main firm show that its accumulated profits soared to €4.4m in the 12 months to the end of August 2015

In the same year, the firm’s cash pile increased from €942,777 to €1.4m while the value of the firm’s investments also increased going up by €90,526 from €2.1m to €2.19m.

Accumulated profits at Amy Huberman’s firm topped €100,000 at the end of 2015.

A decision is due to be made on the application in July.

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