Global Citizen wrote:Points 1 and 3 are poor reasons why the Eircom building sould be ruled out as a potential site for the metro station.
So what if block C starts 2 floors down.
And is the fact that the place has fabulous air conditioning hardly a good reason to preserve it ?
I think the park in Stephens Green provides far more air conditioning for the centre of Dublin.
The point being made is simply that the three Eircom blocks are good commercial space that have a solid commercial value of hundreds of millions of pounds; due to extensive site coverage and the space remaining in good condition there is not sufficient commercial angle in demolishing these buildings to replace them with alternative structures. The fact that Block C starts 2 floors down means that if you built a station concourse you would remove existing space and remove the ability to add more space within existing building lines or the increased building lines that would be acceptable to planners. When the external air temperature is 30c no neighbouring space will provide a comfortable working environment; given the amount of IT equipment that a telecoms company uses M & E services are vital to productivity.
In situations where the space is of poor quality and site coverage low by modern standards there would be a clear angle and it would be possible to ask the developer for a significant development levy. If you demolish the Eircom holding you might create a 30% uplift in value and face a development levy of 20-30% removing any incentive to do it as the development risks would outweigh what would be likely to be a net single digit return on what would be very significant investment. In contrast the railway sidings at both Inchicore and Spencer Dock would have no opportunity cost.
NotJim wrote:Is Daimer Hall the Unitarian church?
Yes the Unitarian Church is called Daimer Hall and is a very fine example of a Victorian Neo-Gothic Church; if it survived the late 1970's and early 1980's I'd be confident it would not be at risk unless relocated stone by stone to an appropriate location but even that would concern very many people.