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A yoga class on the rooftop area of the expanding Marker Hotel, beside the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s docklands area

A yoga class on the rooftop area of the expanding Marker Hotel, beside the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s docklands area

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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A yoga class on the rooftop area of the expanding Marker Hotel, beside the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s docklands area

The owners of the upmarket Marker hotel in Dublin have secured the go-ahead for a €10m investment that will add a new floor and upgraded roof bar.

Dublin City Council granting planning permission to GCS Hotel Property for the extension that will include 30 bedrooms on the new floor, bringing the hotel up to 217 rooms.

The plan involves a new glass enclosed rooftop pavilion on the 8th level that will house a new 302 sq. m restaurant, a 131 sq m bar area and a 197 sq m function room.

The planner in the case found that the new height will be over four metres higher than the Facebook building to the north, but it will be set below the maximum height of the adjacent Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The planner concluded: "Both the Marker Hotel and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre front onto Grand Canal Square and it is reasonable to consider that the proposed additional height would not be out of character with the prevailing height in this area and onto Grand Canal Square."

The planning report said "the additional height is unlikely to have an unacceptable visual impact on the area".

The hotel must pay €183,066 in planning contributions as part of the decision.

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