Monday 19 March 2018

U2’s grand designs for clarence

MASSIVE MAKEOVER: Artist's impressions of how the Clarence Hotel would look
MASSIVE MAKEOVER: Artist's impressions of how the Clarence Hotel would look

THIS is the view through Bono’s tinted glasses of how the Clarence Hotel should look.

The future view of the plush Dublin hotel, looking south across the river on to Wellington Quay, shows just how spectacular the U2-owned hotel would look. U2's supersized and updated hotel will dominate the scene if it gets to triple in size.

The designs, which were the subject of an oral hearing by An Bord Pleanala today, are spectacular in their grandeur but objectors have fears for the buildings nearby.

Bono and the Edge plan to demolish adjacent Georgian buildings and transform the 44-room boutique hotel into a 141-bedroom five-star hotel and spa with a fresh food market.

The hotel is owned by the Clarence Partnership, which is made up of U2 frontman Bono, guitarist The Edge and developer Paddy McKillen.

Pictures of the Essex Street streetscape along the side of the luxury hotel show wavy sheets of glass acting as walls along the first few floor.

But objectors warn that the revamp could “have long-term structural effects” on an adjoining solicitor’s practice.

And the solicitors' firm at No 13 Wellington Quay in Dublin believe the rock group's €150m redevelopment plan is out of character with the area. Hughes Murphy is one of nine bodies making an oral submission to the hearing.

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