Sunday 21 January 2018

Green light for nine-storey docklands block

The project’s go-ahead will change the skyline of the south city
The project’s go-ahead will change the skyline of the south city
St Mary’s church

Gordon Deegan

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a new nine-storey office block overlooking the River Liffey opposite the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

Last August, Dublin City Council gave Targeted Investments Opportunities (TIO) plc the go-ahead for the 15,479 sq metre office block at No 13-18 City Quay.

The scheme also contains plans for two retail or restaurant units and one café.

However, An Taisce appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála, claiming that the five to nine-storey block was contrary to the provisions of the George's Quay Local Area Plan.

In its appeal, An Taisce said that the proposal was a dense block covering most of the site and consisting of five and six-storey sections to the front and larger eight and nine-storey sections to the rear.

The appeal lodged pointed out that while it is established that the Dublin Docklands area can accommodate higher development densities, the proposal would dwarf the protected structures of the nearby St Mary's Church.

An Taisce stated that there are few, if any, precedents in the city of developments directly overbearing on historic churches in the manner proposed.

The site is a vacant brownfield site and no other party objected to the application.

However, in its decision, the appeals board found that the proposal would not detract from the visual amenities or established character and pattern of development in the area.

In its order, the appeals board stated that the proposed development would be in accordance with the development objectives for the area.

It said that the development would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding existing development including St Mary's Church and Presbytery and the protected views and prospects from the north side of the River Liffey.

The development is one of a number of developments that TIO is involved in the Dublin Docklands area.

Last year, the City Council gave TIO the green light for €450m worth of developments comprising of 18,000 sq m of office space and 100 apartments at 5 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, and 9,300 sq m of office space and 58 apartments at 76 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, also in Dublin 2.

Targeted Investments Opportunities is backed by US-based investment giant Oaktree Capital Management and Irish family-owned builders Bennett Property.

Irish Independent

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