The decision was exactly how imagined it would be (he says after the event) - centralising around the existing concentrated core of brewing/manufacturing facilities to the south of James's Street and ditching the rest.
Nonetheless I would imagine there are many opportunites in the reordering for the creation of a new street or right of way to the river from James's Street, remembering that the upheavals will no doubt also affect the retained operations and their buildings in some shape or form. DCC could also make new applications for the retained Guinness site dependant on a right of way being opened. In any event I would imagine it to be in Guinness's interests to do so - they may well open a form of factory tour as part of the scheme, bussed over from Storehouse, while the desirability of sites along the quays would be much boosted by improved permeability. Many possibilities.
Apologies if the below overlaps with the Dutch Billy thread - hard to know which one to drop it into...
Moving back eastwards, one of the most fascinating buildings on Thomas Street is Foley's Pharmacy at No. 55, almost opposite SS. Augustine and John.
Instantly you can tell there's something 'up'
What makes it so important, and as far as I'm aware completely unique on Thomas Street, is its retention of extremely early Georgian brickwork and original small window opes. It is certainly the oldest facade to survive in its original condition without major alteration such as render or paint additions, and probably the oldest full stop.
What makes it of special interest is the three layers to the building from different periods: an early 18th century lower facade and substructure, a mid-19th century third floor addition and two-over-two sash windows (in themselves relatively uncommon), and an early 20th century shopfront. Indeed it would appear even the attic addition was later refaced in red rather than yellow stock brick.
It's entirely possible this building is a Dutch Billy with its gable chopped off and built up, and if so would probably make its facade one of the best, if not the best surviving in the entire city.
Here is its roof form to the rear; the 19th century additions give it a deceptively substantial modern appearance.
However what makes this property of outstanding significance in the wider city is its breathtaking array of early sash windows to the side elevation. Just look
at those glazing bars!
Absolutely incredible survivors. The significance of such an array of early sashes cannot be underestimated.
Not to mention early crown glass. This can all easily be seen from the adjacent alleyway.
Diminutive little four-over-four windows also survive abutting the neighbouring building over the alley (visible above).
It can be difficult to think of this as a Dutch Billy given the 'modern' array of windows to this side elevation, however the adjoining plot (occupied by the white building in the first picture) was only built over a wide laneway - even roadway - in the 19th century. The right of way was maintained as a narrow alleyway characteristic of Thomas Street. So this was orginally a more significant elevation for the house.
Without question one of the most important domestic-scale buildings to the west of the city.
Another possible candidate for Billy status is this wonderful two-bay curiosity a little further east at the juntion with Meath Street.
Oooh the possibilites...
Alas around the back is so consumed with modern housing and apartments that it's impossible to view the rear on location. However this aerial perspective gives a vague idea of what's going on behind. There appears to be a single window/ope of sorts to the centre of the top floor. The position of the roof halfway between the windows and parapet top is suggestive of the building being of two storeys originally.