Wednesday 18 September 2019

O'Brien firm plan for office needs revamp

Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien

Gordon Deegan

Plans by a company associated with billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien to construct a five-floor vertical extension to an office block in Dublin's docklands have been put on hold.

Dublin City Council told Jepview Ltd that the planned extension to make Malt House South a nine-storey building on Grand Canal Quay "may be excessive and could potentially have an adverse visual impact".

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In a request for revised plans from Jepview, the council has said that the planned increase in floors at the building "could be overly dominant and would not sit comfortably above the existing protected structure".

The council has asked Jepview to reconsider the scale and mass of the proposed development by the omission of at least one of the proposed additional floors.

The council says "a reduction in the scale of the development would likely ensure the proposed upper floor extension is more mannerly in terms of the proportion of old and new on site and as a result will sit more comfortably from the perspectives of visual amenity and best conservation practice".

On behalf of Jepview, planning consultant, Kevin Hughes has told the council that the contemporary design of the building "is deliberately different from the historic structure and will enhance the protected structure below it".

In a letter to the council, Denis O'Brien confirms that he has part-ownership of the subject site.

Irish Independent

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