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€2.5m 'urban beach' for Dun Laoghaire gets the green light

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East Pier Dun Laoghaire

East Pier Dun Laoghaire

East Pier Dun Laoghaire

An artificial urban beach and floating outdoor swimming pool for Dun Laoghaire harbour have been granted planning permission.

The €2.5m venture, which will be jointly funded by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, will operate for six months of the year.

It will include an artificial beach and a cafe, located at the East Pier in the harbour.

Part of the attraction will be a floating swimming pool filled with heated seawater built on a converted barge beside a berth within the harbour.

Facilities beside the beach will include changing rooms, toilets and showers in single-storey pod structures.

But hopes that the urban beach would be operational by next summer are now not likely to be realised, with 2016 being seen as a more probable date for opening.

There will be a charge to use the facilities and it is expected that €1m in revenue could be created annually.

Under planning conditions imposed by the council, all temporary structures must be removed from the East Pier within two weeks of the seasonal closure of the beach, and they can only replaced two weeks before it reopens.

The council received 21 submissions when the project went out to public consultation, with 15 objections to it.

Concerns from the public included fears that the East Pier, which is a protected structure, would be damaged by the development.

Community groups also said the money should be used to redevelop the nearby derelict Dún Laoghaire baths.

leisure

In other development news, Bewley's have announced a plan to more than double the size of its hotel near Dublin Airport, at a cost of €40m.

The Moran and Bewley's Group want to add 367 bedroom to its current stock of 467.

It also plans to add a leisure centre with a gym and swimming pool, and a conference centre.

The planned extension comes as the sales process for the Moran and Bewley's Group continues.

Ireland's largest hotel group, Dalata, has entered exclusive negotiations that could see it bid around €450m for the group.

This process could be completed as early as Christmas.

The group was founded by businessman Tom Moran and put on the market this year after a restructuring agreement with its lenders.

It has ten hotels, including properties in the UK

cfeehan@herald.ie


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