Tuesday 23 January 2018

Accord reached over €70m plan to redevelop Garda HQ

General view of Harcourt Street
General view of Harcourt Street

Gordon Deegan

A major redevelopment of a landmark Dublin site that had been stalled because of fears that the works may disrupt couples' marriage counselling sessions is to now to proceed.

The country's best known marriage guidance counselling service, Accord, withdrew its appeal against plans by property firm, Hibernia Reit to redevelop the €70m Garda HQ site on Dublin's Harcourt Street.

Accord had stalled the plan, claiming that the building works may disrupt marriage counselling sessions that take place in its building adjacent to the Garda building.

Earlier this year, Hibernia announced that it had acquired the Garda HQ site and in April, Hibernia lodged plans for a seven-block redevelopment.

Dublin City Council gave the project the green light in May in spite of an objection from Accord.

Accord put the major redevelopment on hold after lodging an appeal against the decision with An Bord Pleanála.

It is understood that Hibernia met with Accord and that it satisfied Accord's concerns.

The property is let to the Office of Public Works (OPW) and fully occupied by the Gardai at a passing rent of €4.9m a year.

The lease on Block 1 expired in late 2014 and the leases on Blocks 2-4 expire during 2016.

In its appeal, Accord stated that it was not opposed to the principle of redevelopment at the site, but had concerns about the potential consequences for the delivery of key services during the construction phase.

Irish Independent

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