Bono aims to double size of Clarence Hotel
MAJOR plans by Bono, the Edge and businessman Harry Crosbie to almost double the size of the Clarence Hotel have emerged.
Under the plan, which has just been submitted to Dublin County Council, Brushfield Ltd - the company which owns the hotel - will expand the Clarence into 9,10 and 11 Wellington Quay and into No 9 Essex Street.
Brushfield has been trying for years to build its presence around the Clarence in a series of low-profile property deals.
About two years ago it secured the site of The Working Men's Club, no 10 Wellington Quay, by convincing members to move by building them a new club on the north side of the city.
The Clarence's plans include a new eight-storey wing to the hotel which will add five floors of bedrooms as well as a plush penthouse level.
Elsewhere, a new reception area, conference facilities and offices will be added.
In the centre of the new hotel area a covered courtyard is planned which should allow guests, visitors and friends of U2 to get around the smoking ban in style.
Yesterday, businessman Harrie Crosbie said he had "no comment" to make on Brushfield's plans to develop the hotel.
The transformation of the Clarence follows closely on from U2's other major project, a ?60m tower in the heart of the docklands.