Friday, December 17, 2010 by xcodex
Landmark city skyscraper PROPOSALS to build an £80m development including a 100 metre skyscraper in the Dublin docklands area met with mixed reaction from Dublin city councillors. PROPOSALS to build an £80m development including a 100 metre skyscraper in the Dublin docklands area met with mixed reaction from Dublin city councillors.
The plans include two 24-storey commercial and residential skyscrapers on a site opposite the Custom House. A meeting of Dublin Corporation's planning committee was told that one of the skyscrapers would cast a shadow over the historic building.
McHugh Consultants lodged the application to build offices; retail outlets; fitness centre; and public atrium in three tower buildings on a site of around three acres on the southern side of George's Quay. The area includes Moss Street, Townsend Street; Luke Street and on to Poolbeg Street intersection.
The Cosgrave property group paid out £11m for the site and hope to start development by next February.
However, a previous planning permission exists on the site for a building in the region of 60 metres high, according to Corporation officials.
In comparison, Dublin's landmark tall building, Liberty Hall, is 59 metres high. In all, some 176 residential apartments are included in the massive scheme which includes 389 car parking spaces.
Senator Joe Doyle (FG) told yesterday's meeting the development would be ``totally out of character for the Custom House area and is very unusual in that it follows the line of the railway whereas most major plans before us follow the line of the river.''
Cllr Dermot Lacey (Lab) criticised the development as being ``a mixture of greed and architectural arrogance'' adding that it did not represent his vision for the city.