Major revamp for Busarus
THE Busaras bus terminal in Dublin is to get its biggest ever revamp in its 50-year history.
The move by Transport Minister Seamus Brennan to give a major facelift to the landmark the celebrated northside building will provide improved passenger facilities, including a large new bar/restaurant area.
Around six million people throng through Busaras every year, making it one of our busiest locations. The Michael Scott landmark (one of our most acclaimed post-War buildings) is, however, long overdue an overhaul and the ministerial move is indeed timely.
"The building - heralded as a milestone in modern architecture in the 1050s - looks tired now and needs refurbishment," CIE chairman John Lynch affirms. "Apart from modernising the passenger concourse, lifts will be installed for wheelchair access among other improvements ."
CIE chief architect John Clancy explained that Busaras is a listed building. So the revamp will be primarily internal, although the existing external canopy will be upgraded. Passenger information systems are being updated in line with latest computer methods, while the passenger waiting area will be relocated to the Store St entrance.
Departure gates will be automated, while new enhanced lighting will be provided in the extended concourse area. The present retail area will be doubled to around 1,000 sq m, while a 400 sq m bar/restaurant area will be provided at first floor level.
Preliminary work will commence shortly, but the main refurbishment is pencilled in for after Christmas. The revamp will be completed by the second of half of next year, subject to planning permission. Around â‚¬1.7m is being allocated for the project.
I don't like the sound of this..... how do you upgrade the canopy? enhanced lighting? the main passenger concourse would be easily restored to the state it was after completion - the building then allowed for many retail units and a bar and restaurant....
anyone details of the planning permission.... i'm thinking I may get on off my arse on this one....
When I reread this, I am deeply worried... which canopy are they goiung to fuck with? the one over the bus yard or the one over the main entrance... each is as intrinsic a part of the design as the other...
how much is a submission against planning permission?