Sunday 25 August 2019

Hotel beside Automobile Club gets green light

Motoring ahead: An artist’s impression of the €35m plan
Motoring ahead: An artist’s impression of the €35m plan

Gordon Deegan

DUBLIN City Council has granted permission for a €35m development that includes a 117-bedroom hotel on Dublin's Dawson Street.

The project, which includes the redevelopment of the Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) headquarters, is being led by Tetrarch Capital. The company counts the Marker Hotel and the Citywest Hotels in its portfolio.

Tetrarch firm Miro Hotel 2 Ltd purchased the Dawson Hotel on Nos 35-36 Dawson Street and Anne's Lane.

The RIAC is located next door at 33-34 Dawson Street. The plan reconfigures the HQ of the RIAC and creates the hotel. Established in 1901, the RIAC is a private members' club and has two restaurants, a bar and a members' reading room along with a library.

Recommending that permission be granted, the planner's report said "the proposal is welcomed and given the location of the site and the surrounding context, the proposed scheme is deemed to be acceptable".

The report said, overall "the development provides for a modern and stylish contemporary structure in an historic area of the inner city and the proposal forms an active frontage onto Anne's Lane which is likely to create footfall and vibrancy in the locality".

It said "broadly the proposal is considered a significant improvement on the existing building and its modern/contemporary design appears to reference the historic fabric of the streetscape yet is appropriately scaled and designed".

The report found that "the proposed development will provide a valuable asset for Dublin and accords with both the City Development Plan and the proper planning and sustainable development of the area".

The redevelopment - designed by architects, McCauley Daye O'Connell - is intended to guarantee the long-term future of the club and deliver best-in-class facilities for its members. The build is expected to take two years. As part of the planning conditions, the developer must pay €182,243 in planning contributions.

Irish Independent

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