Tuesday 24 April 2018

Conservationists hit out at 88m-high Ronan tower

An artist's impression of how the Aqua Vetro tower, which would be Dublin’s tallest building, would look
An artist's impression of how the Aqua Vetro tower, which would be Dublin’s tallest building, would look
Developer Johnny Ronan

Gordon Deegan

The 'iconic' 22-storey Aqua Vetro tower planned by Johnny Ronan for Dublin will damage the character and integrity of key buildings and architecturally sensitive locations, a leading conservation group has warned.

Irish Georgian Society (IGS) Executive Director Donough Cahill says the 88m-high tower - which will be Dublin's tallest building - is contrary to the city council's policy to protect its built heritage.

In a submission to Dublin City Council on the planning application for the Tara Street site, Mr Cahill said the IGS was writing to the council "to raise our concerns about the planning application which in our view would have a significant detrimental impact on the character of Dublin city's most architecturally important buildings and public spaces".

Mr Cahill states that the Dublin City Development Plan permits structures in excess of 50m on George's Quay.

However, Mr Cahill states that any such proposal should be assessed on the basis of its response to its context of scale, bulk, height, massing and design.

Mr Cahill states: "Using these measures, the society contends that the current proposal would have a considerable detrimental impact on the character and setting of protected structures."

However, in the application, consultants for developer Mr Ronan's Tanat Ltd, John Spain & Associates, say that the architectural intent for the proposal "is to create an iconic building that will become a landmark in the Dublin skyline".

Mr Spain states that the proposal "will be an exemplar of inner-city regeneration including high-quality office and hotel accommodation, sustainable design and infrastructure, high-quality public realm, enhanced permeability and connectivity".

Mr Spain also states that the proposed development "will result in the development of a key site in the city centre and create a sustainable, viable and vibrant scheme".

He adds that "the development will have significant economic renewal and employment-generating benefits. It will promote movement and connectivity through the creation of new through routes and spaces".

In a separate submission, Dublin Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Rose Burke said that the high-rise element of the project was to be welcomed.

Ms Burke said that taller buildings can add to and become emblematic of the city and that the scheme can help to rejuvenate Tara Street.

Irish Independent

Business Newsletter

Read the leading stories from the world of Business.

Also in Business