Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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An 18 storey tower at the junction of Upper William Street / Gerald Griffin Street in my opinion would be negative for the cityâ€™s skyline. Why? Well the cityâ€™s districts are characterised by their historical evolution.
The English Town has generally a 3-4 storey skyline and is dominated by the King Johnâ€™s Castle and St Maryâ€™s Cathedral.
The Irish Town has also generally a 3-4 storey skyline and is here dominated by St Johnâ€™s Cathedral. Donâ€™t forget that St Johnâ€™s Cathedral would be only 300 metres or so away 🙁 from this proposed 18 storey tower, thus this new building would visually detract somewhat from the spire.
The New Town Pery, where the city centre streets in general have been well served to date by a uniform building height of 4-5 storeys on a grid system. Take for example the view of Oâ€™Connell Street from the Crescent to the Rutland Street. You would see how just two 7-8 storey buildings (AIB and George Hotel) can spoil the whole streetâ€™s skyline.
Upper William Street also lies on a noticeable higher elevation than the riverfront, thus giving a high rise there an even more extra scale in height to it.
The Riverfront on the quays where once old warehouses stood and running in the direction of the docks is the start of a new city expansion characterised to date by 4 to 17 storey offices and apartments. The riverfront can accommodate high rise buildings very well due to the wide open space of the river onto which they face.
Where is the open wide street space for it to face onto on Upper William Street?
Below the nearby St. John’s Cathedral.