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I can’t give a link to it because is down at the moment but there’s a PDF document on the site somewhere which outlines the plans for Spencer Dock.

The document is a witness to the DDDA’s inexplicable fixation with limiting building height. Most of the Spencer Dock development will comprise of five or six story buildings according to their plans. For no good reason that I can see, a residential block is allowed to be one story higher than an commercial block in the development. These 5/6 story blocks will be allowed an extra story if it is set back from the parapet (i.e. hidden). I presume this is to protect the public; someone could easily have a heart attack if confronted by the sight of a building overtly over five stories tall. There is a suggestion that in cases of “outstanding architectural design” they may allow one or two extra stories; if the current state of the north docklands reflects their taste in architecture, then this doesn’t promise much for me. I’m sure a fortune will be spent on high quality fitting of the public areas in this new development only to extend the lifeless, soulless IFSC eastwards. It’s odd if you go past George’s Dock; the buildings are both too big (squat, bulky and blocky) so they lack any feeling of human scale while simultaneously are boringly low rise and monotonous so they create no visual interest.

I would have hoped that the DDDA might have learned some lessons from the obvious failures of the western section and changed tack for the rest of it but instead they offer minor tweeks and refinements to their retarded model for urban development and regeneration. A great opportunity to create a vibrant modern city quarter has been squandered. A great setting for an area of modern taller buildings in Dublin has wasted; it now looks like Dublin will end up with oddball tall buildings dotted at random around the city. The initial mistake with the IFSC was almost understandable; the boom hadn’t really sunk in at that stage and getting anything at all built down there must have seemed like a “win”; compounding the mistake is unforgivable.

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