Connolly Station & Area Redevelopment
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June 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm #711393d_d_dallasParticipant
No documents onDCC’s site yet, but text below.
Planning Ref: 2863/11
PROTECTED STRUCTURE – Córas Iompair Éireann intends to apply for a 10 year planning permission for the development of a 3.216 hectare site mainly comprising the existing CIE car park, CIE Group buildings, Rolling stock maintenance shed, and part of existing railway lines / sidings. The site is bounded by Seville Place and Oriel Hall to the north; Sheriff Street Lower to the south; Oriel Street Upper to the east; and Connolly Station (Protected Structure) to the west, Dublin 1. The development will consist of the redevelopment of the site to provide a total of 81,538sqm of mixed commercial, residential (106 no. units, 3 no. one bed, 81 no. two bed, 22 no. three bed), community and leisure development comprising: 1. The demolition of the Central Train Control, former fastrack, Irish Rail Regional Building Maintenance, CIE Group IT and HR buildings and the Rolling Stock Maintenance shed currently on the site; and part demolition of vaulted warehouse buildings fronting Sheriff Street Lower; 2. The excavation of 1.78 hectares of the site to -4.2 metres OD to from a basement providing 550 no. car parking spaces (including 25no. disabled parking spaces), 260 no. cycle parking spaces, 4 no. coach parking spaces, plant areas, building service areas, storage and refuse storage facilities; 3. The construction of a new street through the site linking the existing vehicle access to the site on Sheriff Street Lower and a signalised junction to be constructed on Seville Place at the junction of Coburg Place; 4. The construction of an access street to Connolly Station from the new street through the site; 5. The construction of thirteen buildings comprising: Block A – A six storey 7360sqm hotel building involving a four storey extension above the vaults of the former station luggage building (protected structure) to provide hotel bar / restaurant (968sqm) and community/cultural uses (572sqm) on street level fronting Sheriff Street Lower; hotel reception, lounge, function areas and terraces at first floor; and 110 no. bedrooms hotel in the floors above; Block B/C – A five storey 5430sqm building involving a four storey extension above the existing vaults (protected structure) fronting Sheriff Street Lower to provide retail (990sqm) and office uses (320sqm) on street level; cafe / restaurant (102sqm) and terrace and office use (1066sqm) on first floor; and 2984sqm of offices on second to fourth floors; Block D – A five storey 7573sqm building with 543sqm retail / restaurant uses at street level and 7030sqm offices above; Block E – A six/seven storey 10913sqm building with retail/restaurant (665sqm) uses at street level and a leisure facility (1535sqm) at street and first floor level; 8735sqm offices above fronting onto the new street through the site; and east facing roof terrace at fifth floor and south facing roof terrace at sixth floor level; Block F/G – A five storey 9642sqm office building above podium level partially over the existing railway lines/sidings comprising two blocks linked at three levels and including landscaped courtyards at podium level; Block H – A seven storey 8104sqm office building fronting onto the new street through the site providing 1139sqm of retail / restaurant space at street level and 6965sqm office space above; Block I – A five/seven storey 13450sqm office building at the junction of Seville Place and the new street through the site and partially over the existing railway lines / sidings, including the formation of a south facing roof terrace at fifth floor level and an east facing roof terrace at sixth floor level; and the formation of a feature opening and windows in the existing boundary wall (protected structure) facing Seville Place; Block J/K – A four/five storey block providing 522sqm retail/restaurant and 940sqm community/leisure uses at street level and 33 no. two bedroom and 3 no. three bedroom apartments partially constructed over the vaults (protected structure) facing Seville Place including terraces to each apartment facing north west towards the new internal street, facing north east towards Seville Place and into the landscaped internal courtyard and the provision of children’s play area on the first floor roof on the Southern elevation; Block L – A four/five/six storey block (recessed sixth level) providing 824sqm retail/restaurant uses at street level and 3 no. one bedroom, 23 no. two bedroom and 11 no. three bedroom apartments on the floors above including terraces to each apartment facing south west towards the new internal street and a roof terrace to each apartment on fifth floor level; and 4 no. two bedroom duplex apartments in two storey buildings in the internal courtyard; Block M – A two/three/five storey block providing 4 no. two bedroom live-work units at street level, 4 no. two bedroom apartments and 3 no. three bedroom apartment on the floors above including a terrace to each apartment on the north east elevation facing Oriel Street Upper and the formation of window openings and entrances in the existing boundary wall on Oriel Street Upper (protected structure); Block N – Six storey block (recessed sixth level) providing 5 no. two bedroom live-work units and 87sqm of retail/restaurant uses at street level and 17 no. two bedroom and 5 no. three bedroom apartments on the floors above including a terrace to each apartment on the southeast elevation facing Oriel Street Upper and on the south elevation facing Block O and the formation of window openings and entrances in the existing boundary wall on Oriel Street Upper (protected structure); Block O – One/two storey extension above existing single storey building to be retained to from a two/three storey building providing 765sqm of retail/restaurant space and 2 no. restaurant terraces one on the northern and one southern elevation at first floor level. A 505sqm two storey crèche building and open space within the public space formed by Blocks K and L; 6. A 50sqm single storey retail kiosk building in the public square; 7. The enclosure of the rolling stock maintenance facility and railway sidings beneath the proposed podium structure extending c. 7000sqm. 8. The formation of public open spaces to the east of the new street through the site and between Blocks A and B/C and the provision of a pedestrian link between Sheriff Street Lower to the station access road through a courtyard between Block A and Block B/C; and pedestrian links between the development to Oriel Street Upper; and between Oriel Street Upper to Sheriff Street Lower. 9. All other site works above and below ground required to facilitate the proposed development including 3 no. 500kW biomass boilers and 2 no. 450kW gas boilers in the basement, 7 no. electricity substations and hard and soft landscaping. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public hours.An Environmental Impact Statement will be submitted to the City Council with the application. The Environmental Impact Statement will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the City Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the City Council on payment of the prescribed fee (20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.
June 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm #817196adminKeymaster
Great to see proposals to see this part of the City being recycled; there seemed to be regeneration on all 4 sides with a huge cavity in the centre. I hope it has as many ammenities as the Broadgate Estate in the City of London; which incidently after 20 years will be upscaled. No doubt there will be plenty of discussion as to the quality of design; but from a land use point of view this is most welcome…..
June 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm #817197AnonymousInactive
can’t wait to see some new trains…
June 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm #817198AnonymousInactive
Great news but surely 5 or 6 years late in terms of maximising the value of the site and we are over supplied in terms of offices, apartments and hotel rooms
June 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm #817199adminKeymaster
Agreed on timing but there is no way that the funding situation will be this constrained in 18 months let alone 5 years; with no major office schemes completed between 2010 and 2014 you have to feel that building obscelence will create its own demand; its less than 1m sq ft they need to shift which is about half average annual take up between 1985 – 2002. With the consent they would have the luxury of marketing off the plan with revision applications to tailor specific detailing to occupier demand; that way occupiers with 2-3 years tolease expiry can deal on an agreement for lease basis. Chin up Rory it will get better but only if there is the right space in the right locations. The location needs this….
July 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm #817200Paul ClerkinKeymaster
July 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm #817201AnonymousInactive
It sounds like a good scheme which will do the whole area the power of good. It’s a natural extension to the regeneration of the Spencer Dock area to the south of the development and it is a great infill development. I’m looking at that area in Bird’s Eye view on Bing Maps and the proposal represents a significant densification of what currently exists. That is positive but I would prefer if they put another 6 stories on the buildings to provide real high density and the potential for some new landmarks in Dublin. However those sort of buildings are likely to attract objections based on height which have been the damnation of the city. Development like this will make the trip on the DART more visually interesting coming from Howth/Malahide. A void exists at the minute between the track and developments like the Convention Centre. Proceeding with this will bridge that gap.
If this plan, along with Grangegorman, the Tara Street Tower and the erstwhile new Anglo hq proceed in the next few years then we have the makings of a renaissance in the city after the total collapse of the last four years. We have to be getting to the stage where the bust in construction, especially commercial construction, is over-correcting and we need a new pipeline of modern, high-quality offices.
btw, does anyone know what’s planned for Pearse Station? I was walking down Westland Row on Tuesday and i saw loads of hoardings up around the entrance. Now that a second entrance is due to open (thanks to Trinity’s fabulous new Biosciences complex) have CIÉ decided to upgrade the whole station?
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