Friday 23 August 2019

Hines given green light for Two Grand Parade extension

Approved: Hines will refurbish existing building and connect it to the extension
Approved: Hines will refurbish existing building and connect it to the extension
Donal Buckley

Donal Buckley

International property fund Hines has received the green light from An Bord Pleanála for the addition of an extension of about 60,000 sq ft to Two Grand Parade, the former headquarters of Irish Nationwide Building Society overlooking the Charlemont Luas Stop and the Grand Canal in Dublin.

The approval comes despite the recommendation of An Bord Pleanála's inspector that the project should be refused as he expressed "significant concerns that the design and configuration of the proposed office extension would profoundly and materially adversely affect the setting of" the existing office building on the site.

Hines intends to refurbish the existing building and connect it to the extension, which will bring the floor area of the entire project to around 115,000 sq ft.

Hines has welcomed Bord Pleanála's approval and says it "will reflect further on the ruling before making more detailed comment".

"Hines is continuing to work with Metrolink to integrate the Charlemont station into this development," a spokesperson said.

At one stage it was proposed to locate a new metro station underneath the building but this was changed. Following negotiations between Hines and the National Transport Authority/Transport Infrastructure Ireland on amendments, the state organisations withdrew their objections to the office development.

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