The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby Peter Fitz » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:38 pm

GregF wrote:The knarled old trees spoil the view. Perhaps they should be thinned out . Plenty of eyesores along the quays where tree planting would be very appropriate to screen the view.


They should all be bloody well removed, don't get me started !!! common sense in your thinking there Greg, but it seems sometimes a bit of common sense can be hard to find in DCC.

Interesting stuff Graham & Gunter. Now where can i get my portrait done. :D
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby ctesiphon » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:48 pm

Olan Mills is usually a safe bet.
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby rperse » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:42 pm

in that drawing the projecting wings are flush with the arcade screen :eek:
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby GrahamH » Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:34 am

So they are :). Was he trying to tell us something? (do do do do...)

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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby GrahamH » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:12 pm

lol the Four Courts during Earth Hour.

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No change there anyway.
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby fergalr » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:11 pm

They've had the drums of the Four Courts and Custom House floodlit for a few months now.
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby Morlan » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:21 pm

Is the dome always like that? One would assume :rolleyes:
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:05 pm

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Survey of the Courts of Justice and the Several Holdings and Avenues Contiguous, Dublin 1813, By Sherwood Brassington & Green

An original plan 'Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 14th July 1813'. The colouring was completed at the time of publication to indicate boundary lines and 'Lines of Insulation Suggested in the Report of the Committee of Observation, &co on The Public Records"

According to the explanation given top left, "The Green Lines and Shade, exhibit a plan of Insulation and additional Buildings, by Francis Johnson, Esq, Architect and Inspector of Civil Buildings; and the small Black double line, shews another Plan of Insulation; neither of which were followed on account of the Expense and of additional Buildings being provided at the King's Inns"
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby StephenC » Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:17 pm

M'luds in the Four Courts are beginning to have chamber envy of their colleagues down at Infirmary Road.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-an ... -1.1508596

A newly designed “legal campus” with a landmark Supreme Court building is envisaged in long-term plans for the redevelopment of the Four Courts complex in Dublin.
The master plan recommends an overhaul of the city centre site, including the demolition of at least one building and the centralisation of all civil courts in one location.
Highlighting the “run-down, ad hoc and cramped” environment in the Four Courts, it outlines plans to “enhance and underpin the historic, civic and iconic status” of the site as “the focal point for the administration of justice in Ireland”.
A central feature of the plan is the demolition of the “dated and featureless” Áras Uí Dhálaigh, a red-brick 1980s building in the southwest quadrant of the complex, and the construction in its place of a dedicated Supreme Court building “worthy and reflective of the national and civic status bestowed on it”.
The proposals were first set out in a confidential report submitted to the Department of Justice by the Courts Service, in collaboration with the Office of Public Works, in 2009. It did not proceed any further at that stage, but it is understood plans for the first stage of the scheme are being pursued.
This involves the construction of a new building on a derelict site at Hammond Lane, adjoining the Four Courts, that would house the family courts and the Courts Service headquarters. The Courts Service is currently based in nearby Phoenix House, a privately owned office block it occupies under a long-term lease.
The 2009 document, which roughly coincided with the completion of the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street in Dublin, set out a “long-term strategic vision” for a single civil and family courts campus at the Four Courts.
It outlined six options, ranging from retaining the status quo to developing a new campus at an alternative city-centre site, before coming down in favour of centralising all court and court-related functions at the Four Courts and a new facility at Hammond Lane.
“The option would substantially achieve all project objectives, and do so at a cost lower than all alternative realistic options that address the needs comprehensively,” it states. The estimated cost is not included in the copy seen by The Irish Times.

Courtrooms
The chief limitations and deficiencies with the current Four Courts complex, the report states, include an insufficient number of courtrooms for current and future volumes of business, the ad-hoc layout and the absence of a single civil and family law office.
It also points to the “poor condition, insufficient scale or in cases total absence” of appropriate space for many court users, including members of the judiciary, staff, lawyers and the public.
The report followed a strategic study by the OPW which examined the scope to develop the Four Courts as a single civil courts complex. That study proposed a new campus-style layout with quads and arcaded links, and where all new buildings would draw their inspiration from the example of the Four Courts building – designed by James Gandon – but in a “contemporary idiom”.
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby fergalr » Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:33 pm

The report followed a strategic study by the OPW which examined the scope to develop the Four Courts as a single civil courts complex. That study proposed a new campus-style layout with quads and arcaded links, and where all new buildings would draw their inspiration from the example of the Four Courts building – designed by James Gandon – but in a “contemporary idiom”.


Does that mean the Law Library, a building evidently designed in the dark by a blind man, would be knocked?
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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby thebig C » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:07 pm

Hey Guys

Interesting pic of The Four Courts on this website (which is excellent)

http://www.bridgesofdublin.ie/gallery/v ... idge-c1890

Notably it illustrates that there existed a rather fine Georgian block (possibly with Victorian embellishments) on the site of the current redbrick bunker. Furthermore, the laneway between these buildings and the Western façade of the Four Courts was a public street rather then the enclosed space of today.

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Re: The Four Courts - A Possible Restoration?

Postby thebig C » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:13 pm

fergalr wrote:
The report followed a strategic study by the OPW which examined the scope to develop the Four Courts as a single civil courts complex. That study proposed a new campus-style layout with quads and arcaded links, and where all new buildings would draw their inspiration from the example of the Four Courts building – designed by James Gandon – but in a “contemporary idiom”.


Does that mean the Law Library, a building evidently designed in the dark by a blind man, would be knocked?


Is the Law Library the Building that runs along Church Street....the 18th/19th Century Structure with 3 floors of 1960s excrement shovelled on top of it? I would be glad if something was done with that as it is an abomination.

Its worth noting though, that even in the old days that particular building was a little odd as its rather ornate façade faced the backs of the buildings on the River front rather then the major thoroughfare.

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