Friday 23 March 2018

Green light for €20m revamp of 'Ulysses' hotel

Tony Fernandes, Air Asia
Tony Fernandes, Air Asia

Gordon Deegan

Dublin City Council has given the go-ahead for the €20m redevelopment of a Dublin hotel immortalised in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'.

Monteco Holdings, a firm co-owned by AirAsia boss and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) owner Tony Fernandes, inset, plans to demolish and redevelop the Ormond Hotel.

The council granted planning permission in spite of opposition from the Save Joycean Dublin Committee and local residents.

A spokesperson for Monteco Holdings said yesterday that it was pleased with the decision. "Our revised scheme has taken extensive steps to address objections raised to the previous application including reducing the numbers of bedrooms from 170 to 121 and lowering the height of the building from six to five storeys," he said.

"Whilst the current buildings contain none of the physical structures referred to in Ulysses' famous Sirens episode, the plan proposes that the original outline of numbers 8 and 9 Ormond Quay Upper, that is the original location of the Ormond Hotel and the setting for Ulysses, be marked out using text from the book embedded into the floor and courtyard with bronze plaques or lettering."

He said that "the new hotel will help address the urgent lack of hotel accommodation in Dublin's city centre and make a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of a site that has been vacant for over 10 years".

The investment will create 250 construction jobs and 80 jobs in the hotel upon completion.

The firm hopes to commence construction in 2017 with a view to opening the hotel by the end of 2018.

Irish Independent

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