Saturday 17 March 2018

Go-ahead for Aldborough regeneration

Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion built in Dublin
Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion built in Dublin

Gordon Deegan

Plans to regenerate Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion built in Dublin, by building an office development on the site have received the green light.

This follows Dublin City Council giving the plan the go-ahead in spite of opposition to the scale of the plan by the Department of Arts and Heritage, An Taisce, the Irish Georgian Society and local residents.

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

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

Consultants for Reliance Investments told the city Council the house could be used as a corporate HQ when the project is complete.

As part of the conditions of the planning permission, Reliance Investments must pay the City Council €1.3m in planning contributions, including a €470,000 contribution towards public infrastructure in the Luas C1 line area.

In the report recommending that planning permission be granted, the city council planner stated that "Aldborough House is a culturally significant site to the north city and its recovery and reuse is overdue and will lead to the regeneration of a prominent site".

The planner added that the plan will deliver a quantum of quality commercial office space with the potential to provide significant employment to the north inner city; further aid the regeneration of the area and generate significant commercial activity.

Irish Independent

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