Saturday 18 January 2020

Council demands more details from Tetrarch regarding €65m hotel plan

Management at an adjacent primary school said hotel rooms would overlook its playground
Management at an adjacent primary school said hotel rooms would overlook its playground
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A UNIT of investment group Tetrarch Capital has been asked by Dublin City Council to provide more information about its plan for an eight-storey, 393-bedroom aparthotel in the city centre that would be part of a wider €65m development.

The project would involve the demolition of the well-known Ned's Pub on Townsend Street and a block of 100-year-old council flats.

The council's conservation officer has told the Tetrarch unit, Brigante Investments, that it must show how the proposed structures will impact the site and the "historic fabric of the area", and also to justify the need to demolish existing structures.

The company also plans to build 21 apartments on the site, which would be handed over to the council for its use, as well as a retail unit.

A number of buildings on the large site would be torn down.

Management at an adjacent primary school have objected to the plans.

Management said the developer had not contacted the school prior to submitting its proposals for the site.

The school's management added that the application did not address how hotel traffic would impact the school, how and if noise measurements would be taken, and that some of the planned hotel rooms would overlook the school's playground.

The council's deputy planning officer said that while the existing buildings at the site are not protected, they are "of character" but in serious disrepair.

"It could be argued that the scheme, by redeveloping these brownfield lands and providing set-backs and public spaces throughout, engages with the street more and will provide some much needed vibrancy and footfall to this prominent location," the officer noted.

The officer added that the planned hotel is "considered acceptable".

Tetrarch, whose chief executive is Michael McElligott, owns a number of prime hotel assets in Ireland including the five-star Marker Hotel in Dublin, Mount Juliet in Co Kilkenny, as well as the Citywest Hotel in the capital.

Irish Independent

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