Global Citizen wrote:
I could never understand why The Green would need to be disturbed to facilitate any underground rail service.
On its south east corner sits an ugly office block once owned by Eircom.
Few would lament it's demolition, if it were to rise up again as a multi purpose building above a multi purpose underground.
I totally agree with the suggestion of relocating the terminus to underneath the Eircom building. I had exactly the same thought myself some time ago but I despaired that it would be worth mentioning as we seemed to be so close to a start date for getting the project off the ground.
Perhaps now, with a possible delay in the offing, it would be worth re-looking at other options, such as the Eircom building, which might not only benefit Stephen's Green but might also allow the redevelopment of a corner of 'The Green'.
It seems to make perfect sense.
The Eircom building is now getting to the stage that it probably is not up to the standard that companies are looking for in modern office space.
It will probably end up being demolished and rebuilt in the next 10 - 15 years anyway, (if the economy ever picks back up).
If the Eircom site is used:
1. The building can be demolished.
2. Site excavated.
3. Underground infrastructure put in place - with links into College of Surgeons, travellators installed for quick access to Grafton St, King St etc.
4. Retail, cultural infrastructure installed at underground and ground level.
5. Energy efficient, 21st century office space on upper floors.
6. Initial outlay for acquisition of office block recouped with sale/ lease of development.
1. Underground infrastructure in place.
2. 100 - 200 year old trees in Stephen's Green intact.
3. Ugly, (moving towards obsolescent), office building replaced with 21st century office, retail, cultural infrastructure.
Sounds like an idea worth exploring to me!