There is significant scope for a contemporary block of a substantial size including a decent basement to enliven James St. East with the right roof treatment. We don't really 'do' decent roofs in Irish archticetural practice though imo.
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I remember hearing, as a child, that certain works carried out on the original buildings had put extra stress on the wooden piles which supported them. The wooden piles would have been fine under the structures which had earlier been in place, but these extra works eventually necessitated the removal of the original buildings and their replacement with the current structure. Is any of this true?
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I was in the ESB building offices many years ago and it a maze of small cubicles with no air - truly hideous. I'd imagine it is horrible to work in.
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I a sense though, the scale of destruction wrought in the North City makes it all the more important that what remains is consolidated and preserved. If ever there was a case for sensitive reconstruction (not pastiche a la Mount Street in the 70s/80s) this is it. A historic wrong would thus be corrected. Frankly, given how attitudes had changed, I was rather surprised that the ESB pushed ahead with this project.
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