Thursday 22 March 2018

ESB looks to replace controversial Sam Stephenson block

Proposed new building
Proposed new building

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

THE ESB has sought planning permission to redevelop its Dublin headquarters.

The company has sought permission for a new building, replacing the controversial 1960s block designed by Sam Stephenson which replaced a row of Georgian houses.

The scheme is expected to cost €150m to build, and will double the capacity of existing offices.

Permission has been sought from Dublin City Council, and will be one of the most "efficient, sustainable and commercial offices in the city", the company said.

It added it would "sensitively" respect and enhance the Georgian streetscape of ESB’s historic home.

"The current complex is a mix of inefficient aging buildings, some of which were constructed almost seventy years ago and are in poor condition," it said.

"The complex is very inefficient when compared to modern buildings; both in terms of energy consumption and use of space. Some of the buildings on Fitzwilliam Street have a Building Energy Rating (BER) of F which is amongst the worst energy ratings achievable."

The new building has been designed by Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects.

The were chosen following an international design competition.

As many as 400 construction jobs will be created over a two-year construction period.

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