Saturday 20 October 2018

Royal Irish Automobile Club seeks to redevelop Dawson street

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

The Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) and Tetrarch Capital have reached an agreement for the development of the RIAC’s premises on Dawson street.

The proposed scheme, which will cover numbers 33-36 Dawson street and several buildings to the rear, is subject to approval by members of the RIAC and planning permission.

Founded in 1901, the private members’ club is adjacent to the 36-bedroom Dawson Hotel at numbers 35-36 Dawson street, which was purchased by Tetrarch in 2015.

A new members’ restaurant, bar, reading room, meeting rooms, offices for the RIAC and Motorsport Ireland are all being proposed under the redevelopment plan.

The redevelopment will also see 77 new bedrooms added to the hotel, which will be operated by Tetrarch and use the RIAC brand in its name.

"This exciting proposal is about future-proofing the club to ensure that in the long-term we can deliver the quality of facilities that our members expect, and attract significant numbers of new members in future," Arthur Collier, chairman of the RIAC, said.

The proposal to RIAC members follows extensive research into potential options for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the club’s buildings and the redevelopment is intended to guarantee the long-term future of the club.

Assuming approval from club members and satisfactory planning permission is obtained, it is envisaged that the RIAC would vacate the club by the end of June 2019 and that the redevelopment works would be completed within 24 months.

Michael McElligott, CEO of Tetrarch, said Tetrarch was "delighted" to be partnering with the RIAC.

"Together with members of the RIAC board and our excellent design team, we have worked diligently to create a scheme that will respect the original character of the site, while delivering a stunning design and revitalised set of modern facilities for club members and hotel guests," Mr McElligott said.

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