Tuesday 15 October 2019

Security fears prompt office plan changes

JJ Rhatigan's Luxor Investments Ltd is submitting revised plans containing
JJ Rhatigan's Luxor Investments Ltd is submitting revised plans containing "considerable revisions" that reduce the height of the office block and also include additional measures to protect the privacy of the Chief State Solicitor's HQ. Stock image

Gordon Deegan

A developer has reduced the scale of a planned seven-storey office block in Dublin city centre in response to security concerns by the Chief State Solicitor that the proposal could compromise top-secret papers in her office.

JJ Rhatigan's Luxor Investments Ltd is submitting revised plans containing "considerable revisions" that reduce the height of the office block and also include additional measures to protect the privacy of the Chief State Solicitor's HQ. Luxor states that it reduced the scale of its scheme in order to address the concerns by both the Chief State Solicitor and the Chester Beatty Library. Consultants for Luxor state that the scheme's sixth-floor level has now been set back "to reduce the alleged impact on the Chief State Solicitor's Office". Luxor is now also proposing to have opaque glazing in the windows on the second, third and fourth floors facing onto the Chief Solicitor's Office "to avoid any potential for the proposed building's occupants to overlook the Chief State Solicitor's Office".

Luxor also states that it has now omitted the sixth floor facing into Ship Street that addresses the 'overlooking' concerns raised by the Chester Beatty Library.

Irish Independent

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