LANDMARK TOWER DEVELOPMENT TO CREATE A NEW GATEWAY TO THE CITY
The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has today issued a brief for an Architectural Concept Competition to design a 60 metre landmark tower at the riverside in Dublinâ€™s Docklands. The tower is to include an exclusive recording studio for rock band U2 on itâ€™s top two floors.
The band has been in discussion with the Docklands Authority on this project since last year when the Authority sought to purchase the current studio at Hanover Quay to allow public amenity works relating to the Grand Canal Harbour development.
Peter Coyne, CEO of the Docklands Authority stated: â€œWe proposed the landmark tower in the Grand Canal Docks Area Planning Scheme in 2000 and are more than delighted that the band has taken the top floors as that can only add to the significance of the landmark. Indeed it adds to the significance of the whole area. We are operating the competition to procure a concept design which can then be taken forward with the development market.â€
A spokesperson for the band said: â€œWe are proud to be a Dublin band. We did not want to break our strong association with the Docklands and this development gives us the opportunity to secure the unique nature of accommodation we need in a truly remarkable and exciting way.â€
The competition, which has been prepared in association with the RIAI, is open internationally and architects are required to prepare concept proposals for a slim â€œpointâ€ block over four more substantial floors providing recording studios, offices and ground floor bar/restaurant/entertainment venue. Architects will submit their proposals to the scrutiny of a jury put together by the Docklands Authority. The band will nominate a member to be one of the jury.
The development will be enclosed by the public riverside amenity strip (campshire) which the Docklands Authority is developing on both sides of the Liffey between Matt Talbot Bridge and the East Link Bridge. The campshire on Sir John Rogersonâ€™s Quay is currently being landscaped as public space.
â€œThe riverside areas of the Docklands are undergoing massive physical changes and the river is beginning to come back to life. This development will be the first at this end of Sir John Rogersonâ€™s Quay and will create a new landmark gateway to the cityâ€, added Mr. Coyne.