Thursday 22 March 2018

An Taisce opposes Georgian mansion plan

Aldborough House in Dublin 1
Aldborough House in Dublin 1

Gordon Deegan

Plans to regenerate the last Georgian mansion built in Dublin, Aldborough House, with an office development on the site have received a setback.

This follows the Department of Arts and Heritage and An Taisce telling Dublin City Council that they are opposed to the scale of development at Aldborough House planned by Reliance Investments Ltd.

The company is seeking to construct 100,000 sq ft of office space in two five-storey blocks on either side of the house.

The house, located on Portland Row, was the second biggest Georgian private residence in Dublin after Leinster House.

Consultants for Reliance Investments state that the development will facilitate the re-use and restoration of the house and upon completion the house could be used as a corporate headquarters.

Now, in an intervention, the Department of Arts and Heritage has told the City Council that "the height and location of the new office buildings surrounding Aldborough House would dominate the historic building and could compromise its architectural integrity".

The Department said that the photomontages submitted show that the house would be largely obscured from important views.

It added that it is recommending that a significant reduction in the potential impact in this development on the settings and visual amenity of Aldborough House is required.

Kevin Duff of the Dublin City Association of An Taisce has told the council that the current plan "would engulf and emasculate Aldborough House".

Mr Duff said that the quantum of development would destroy the relationship of the house to its surroundings.

Irish Independent

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