Wednesday 29 January 2020

Gannon's €45m tower plan sparks fire safety warnings

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Gordon Deegan

Locals have raised fire safety concerns due to the height of a 16-storey tower which builder Gerry Gannon is seeking to build at the new town of Clongriffin.

Last month, Dublin City Council gave the developer the green light to construct the €45m development at Station Square, Clongriffin.

However, the Grange Abbey Residents Association is one of two parties to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

"We believe that any new building should be in keeping with the height of the existing development and not towering over it," the association stated.

"For safety concerns, if the building had to be evacuated, for example, for a fire - the higher the building the more difficult it would be for residents to exit it."

The management company for the nearby Myrtle complex, which has 361 residential units, has also appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

The planning application by Gannon Properties comprises of 139 apartments made up of 14 three-bedroom, 97 two-bedroom and 28 one-bedroom apartments. The proposal also includes five retail units. All apartments and retail units are contained in a building ranging from six to 16 storeys.

Gannon Properties told the council the tower will be a landmark building and will enhance Dublin's built environment.

It said the proposal will be uncommon for apartment living in Ireland in terms of the comfort and amenities that will be available to the residents.

A decision is due on the appeal in November.

Irish Independent

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