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Google given go-ahead for glass bridge linking offices

GOOGLE has got the go-ahead for a new development at its European HQ in Dublin with the blessing of docklands chiefs.

The tech giant was given planning permission by Dublin City Council to build a three-armed link bridge connecting Google Docks at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin 4 to both Gordon House and the Gasworks office block.

Primarily constructed of steel and glass, it will be 4.2 metres in height and nearly eight metres above street level.

In response to local concerns, the council asked the company to submit details on how the bridge will be lit during the day and at night-time.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) had weighed in behind the bridge proposal, saying it would provide an "interesting element" to the corners of the buildings and Barrow Street.

A separate application from Google to convert part of a ground-floor car park into a 380-seater auditorium has been delayed, with planners requesting more details on the proposals.

In respect of the auditorium proposal, the council asked the firm to lodge a flood risk assessment. The council will consider the auditorium assessment before coming to a final decision on the application.