With regard to the Scott Tallon Walker site, from Sundays' Tribune.
The South Docklands is due to get yet another boost, if a planning application for the former Boland Mills Site at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4, Is accepted. The old mill, which was one of the key garrison sites during the Easter Rising of 1916, Eh no.. that was the "Treasury" Mill building..
is set to be developed by the Boland Mills' Development Company, a subsidiary of Benoth Propoerties, headed up by Sean Kelly.
The company is seeking permission for a major development designed by Scott Tallon Walker architects. It Will incorporate three new landmark office buidings, along with permission to convert an existing warehouse into a four-star boutique hotel. The architects brief was to create a self-sufficient business-orientated complex which would allow the users to have a "working lifestyle" . To this end, the architects incorporated the hotel, brasserie, cafe, and health spa. In addition, an existing multi-storey warehouse fronting onto grand canal dock, and Nos33 and 34 Barrow street are to be retained and converted into office use.
The new buildings, which range in height from 12 to 16 storeys, will be set in an impressive plaza extending from Barrow Street to the Grand Canal Dock, acting as a landmark
centrepiece to the Grand Canal Harbour area. [U]Designed with the latest technology, the buildings will be energy efficient, have good natural light and openable windows on al floors[/U ]- Fair play, at least it has that going for it. I mean it's not all about how "nice" it looks
- , a rarity in large office develpments.
The largest of the existing buildings will be the six storey cut stone warehouse, set to be converted into a 150 seater restaurant overlooking the waterfront, to be headed by celebrity chef Gray Rhodes.
The developers expect the restaurant, to be known as 'Rhodes D4' to become one of the trendiest spots in which to eat in the south docklands area.
The overall scheme will be called Bolands Mill Wharf and between the ofices, hotel restaurant and spa, around 2,000 poeole will be employed here. Plans for the site have come about as a result of discussions and consultation with both the planners, and local residents over the last 18 months