Saturday 24 February 2018

Castlepark applies to redevelop Dublin office block

Artist's impression of the New Scotch House on Burgh Quay in Dublin 2
Artist's impression of the New Scotch House on Burgh Quay in Dublin 2
Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

An Irish construction company has applied for planning permission to redevelop an office block in the centre of Dublin.

Castlepark Building Company has submitted plans to effectively rebuild Scotch House on Burgh Quay close to O’Connell Bridge.

In its application, Castlepark is seeking to build a “modern city centre HQ” office building extending to 3,875 sq m (41,675 sq ft) with 12 car parking spaces.

The new building will feature a Portland Stone façade among other measures that will allow it to remain characteristic of central Dublin.

Conor Whelan of Allsop who advises Castlepark Building Company confirmed that the new Scotch House "will provide excellent column free floorplates with dual frontage over the river Liffey as well as two new penthouse floors at fifth and sixth floor levels with full height glass facades which will provide stunning views over Dublin City and the Dublin Mountains". 

The average floorplate size will be 600 sq m. The application also includes for the provision of a retail/restaurant unit at ground and basement levels extending to approximately 200 sq m.

Lafferty has been retained as architects for the project.

Castlepark bought Scotch House for €17m from IPUT in 2008. Earlier this year Castlepark put the property on the market with a €25m asking price.

The shortage of office space in Dublin has seen rents approach levels last seen in the Celtic Tiger days.

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