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An artist’s impression of the proposed ‘Project Waterfront’ seen from the South Quays

An artist’s impression of the proposed ‘Project Waterfront’ seen from the South Quays

A detail of the three smaller blocks

A detail of the three smaller blocks

Johnny Ronan

Johnny Ronan

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An artist’s impression of the proposed ‘Project Waterfront’ seen from the South Quays

The battle for the Dublin skyline is set to dramatically intensify after developer Johnny Ronan submitted outline plans to Dublin City Council for a 44-storey "hanging gardens"-themed development in the docklands.

Ronan's ''grand design'' for the North Wall Quay dwarfs the surrounding cityscape and at its highest point, is almost twice as high as his 22-storey Tara Street development, which was controversially given the green light by An Bord Pleanala last month.

The developer proposes to build the twin towers on the last major vacant site north of the Liffey, near the East Link Bridge, giving employment to more than 10,000 building workers. It was previously a series of run-down warehouses occupied by Hales Transport and Tilestyle.


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