Receiver gets nod to demolish block
THE receiver of a major Dublin office block formerly controlled by developer Bernard McNamara has been given the go-ahead by the council to demolish it and build a new property.
The council initially voiced concerns about the proposed re-development of the five-storey Burlington House when plans were submitted by a firm called Glasbay, now controlled by receiver Paul McCann.
After the existing office block is demolished, Glasbay wanted to construct a new five-storey building with 23,000sqm of floorspace – nearly triple the size of the current property.
Dublin City Council planners said they were concerned that the proposed development would be "visually overbearing" due to the scale of the new building and its relative distances to adjoining sites.
The planning application had been objected to by local residents including former Fine Gael education minister Gemma Hussey and her husband, Derry. They made an objection on behalf of residents on Burlington Road.
But the council has just approved plans, having received additional information regarding the development.
Before construction commences, a €1m levy has to be paid to the council.
Development of the new building would come as available office space in prime Dublin areas becomes increasingly scarce, driving up prices. That's resulted in keen interest from investors in top-end offices in the capital.