Friday 18 January 2019

U2 bow to city demands over visitor centre

An artist's impression of how the U2 visitor centre in the Dublin Docklands would look when it is built
An artist's impression of how the U2 visitor centre in the Dublin Docklands would look when it is built

Gordon Deegan

U2 have reduced the height of their planned visitor centre in Dublin's Docklands in response to "serious concerns" expressed by Dublin City Council.

Revised plans show a proposed 16.25pc reduction in height of the 14.4m centre.

Documentation lodged with Dublin City Council also confirms around 390,000 U2 fans are expected to visit the centre annually.

In August, Dublin City Council put the plan on hold after expressing "serious concerns" regarding the 14.4m height of the centre and its impact on a nearby apartment block.

Architects ODAA state the building has been "significantly reduced in height".

The proposal by Paddy McKillen Snr's Golden Brook Ltd and U2's MHEC Ltd is to include a reconstruction of the band's original studio and various themed exhibit areas.

An objection lodged on behalf of 63 nearby apartment dwellers claimed the proposal would result in overshadowing.

However, architects ODAA say that an independent light analysis shows the height reduction "eliminates any potential impact on the quality of natural daylight reaching the buildings directly behind or any properties within the vicinity".

A decision is due on the application next month.

Irish Independent

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