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TII and locals express concern over 29-storey tower plan

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Scale: An architect’s rendering of the proposed 29-storey tower at Parkgate Street

Scale: An architect’s rendering of the proposed 29-storey tower at Parkgate Street

Scale: An architect’s rendering of the proposed 29-storey tower at Parkgate Street

State agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and local residents have expressed concerns over fast-track plans by developer Joe O'Reilly to construct a 29-storey landmark tower near Heuston Station, Dublin.

Earlier this year, Mr O'Reilly's Ruirside Development lodged plans to construct 481 build-to-rent apartments and 3,698 sq m of commercial office space along with retail and restaurant space at Parkgate Street.

The plan consists of five separate blocks ranging from eight to 29 storeys in height that will accommodate 1,100 residents.

Planning documents lodged with the application state that the development is a 'best in class' residential mixed-use scheme and will provide much needed regeneration and modern residential accommodation in this under-utilised, brownfield city centre location.

However, TII - which has its HQ nearby - has expressed concern to An Bord Pleanála over the plan that includes the 29-storey tower.

Consultants for TII said that as occupiers of the neighbouring office building at Parkgate Business Centre, TII "are concerned about the potential impacts that the proposed development may have on their offices, particularly during the construction phase of the proposed development".

On behalf of TII, BMA Planning said that the relationship between the proposed development and the Parkgate Business Centre shows significant differences in scale and height between both buildings.

Irish Independent