Plans rejected on basis that 88m tower would “seriously injure” historic city core
Developer Johnny Ronan’s plans for Dublin’s tallest building, a 22-storey tower beside Tara Street station, have been rejected by Dublin City Council because of the potential detrimental effect on most of the historic core of the city - reports irishtimes.
Mr Ronan’s company Tanat Ltd sought permission from the council last May for the €130 million 88m tower with offices and a 110-bedroom hotel, with a roof-top restaurant and bar, on the south side of the Liffey.
The plans were opposed by heritage groups including the Irish Georgian Society, which said the tower would have an adverse impact on the character and integrity of “architecturally sensitive” buildings and locations; and An Taisce which said the development would affect buildings as far away as Grafton Street.
However, in its reasons for refusal the council went further and said the proposal would have a “significant and detrimental visual impact” as far away as Harcourt Street to the south, Lord Edwards Street in Christchurch to the west and the Five Lamps on the North Strand.
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Due to its “scale, bulk and height” the tower would “seriously detract” from the setting and character of the Custom House “one of the city’s most important architectural set pieces”. It would also have an adverse and detrimental impact on the River Liffey Conservation Area and the O’Connell Street and Environs Architectural Conservation Area, it said.