Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

My choice for placing a new Abbey Theatre

Same site on Abbey Street
36
14%
GPO, O'Connell Street
60
23%
Carlton Cinema, O'Connell Street
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36%
George's Dock, Docklands
16
6%
Site of Hawkins House
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Other
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3%
 
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby missarchi » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:16 am

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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby tommyt » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:10 am

And so it rumbles on...

Call for clarity on Abbey move to GPO

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0625/1224273269999.html
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby urbanisto » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:14 am

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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby gunter » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:37 am

''Ms Hanafin said a feasibility group involving the key stakeholders had been set up and had begun an assessment of the GPO complex to ascertain if it was a feasible location for the redeveloped national theatre''.

feasibility group . . . feasible location . . . feasibility study . . . fees, fees, fees

. . . . and when everyone's done feeding at the trough, it will still come down to the simple question; is this a good idea, or is it a bad idea? and that's the decision that should have been made at the start.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed May 09, 2012 10:20 pm

Abbey Theatre to close for nine weeks after asbestos discovered in building
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0509/abbey-theatre-asbestos.html
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby gunter » Thu May 10, 2012 12:25 am

When I read that first, I thought it said an albatross had been discovered in the building.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Cathal Dunne » Thu May 10, 2012 10:06 pm

gunter wrote:When I read that first, I thought it said an albatross had been discovered in the building.


Now that would be dramatic!

I remember going to Belvedere College to see a production of a play - they have a great theatre there so it's only natural that they'd use it.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby urbanisto » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:05 pm

So the wheel comes full circle and we are back to the Abbey Theatre of Abbey Street (or more properly Marlborough Street) and now with the potential of frontage to the river. The Abbey today confirmed that it has bought 15-17 Eden Quay (which archiseekers might remember it originally wanted to buy but then it let the cat out of the bag in the middle of a property bubble and the owner upped the price to ridiculous heights).

It seems a sensible outcome to me. The best place for the Abbey after the saga of where it should move to that has gone on over 10 years.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/bre ... ing33.html
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:38 pm

I would imagine that they'll want to remove those buildings now (even though they're WSC facades) as any architectural competition is going to produce lots of landmark buildings on the riverfront concepts.

http://archiseek.com/2010/1829-dublin-s ... GRx5Y1lTqI
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby aj » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:17 pm

Looks like the facades are on the list of protected structures so it will be interesting to see how they square that circle.

Either way it has to be good for Eden Quay.

I would also assume that the laneway along the side of the Abbey will be closed at one end post any redevelopment. This can only be a good thing given the rampant drug abuse in that area.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Punchbowl » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:50 pm

I can see no reason why the shouldn't keep the corner buildings and use as a lobby/reception area - in fact, I'd be pretty sure they will
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby urbanisto » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:50 pm

I agree. They would probably work out well for elements like shop, bar, offices etc.

I cant imagine there'll will be much appetite to fund a major new building on the site.

Incidentally, 15-17 Eden Quay looking decidedly worse for wear than your picture Paul.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:23 pm

With devils advocate hat on, retaining the existing buildings while adding the lane (Old Abbey Street I think, although Google Maps seems to believe its called Lower Abbey Street) probably doesn't increase the footprint of the site enough to cure the theatre's major problem - backstage space, stage, auditorium etc as you cannot turn the theatre site 90 degrees. Although there does seem to be some sort of extension that can be removed behind the WSC buildings.

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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby urbanisto » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:12 pm

Thats the former Riverside Gym, Boring brick box from the 1980s.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby thebig C » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:57 pm

Given that the bulk of the properties in the block bounded by Abbey Street and Eden Quay are owned by just 3 organisations SIPTU/VHI/Abbey Theatre, all of whom are looking to re-develop....its a pity they can't get together to produce a new city quarter with flagship buildings and new public spaces!!

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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby SeamusOG » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:49 am

[quote=Paul Clerkin]With devils advocate hat on, retaining the existing buildings while adding the lane (Old Abbey Street I think, although Google Maps seems to believe its called Lower Abbey Street)[/quote]

I don't have a map of Dublin to hand, but I think it's actually Little Abbey Street.

(sorry about the above. I can't seem to get the quoting right. I must be forgetting something).
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby SeamusOG » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:50 pm

No, sorry Paul, you are right.
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Re: Abbey Theatre to be located in the GPO

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:52 pm

abbey-noporch.jpg


Still think its looked better without the "porch", although that might be damning it by faint praise
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