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    • #710387
      Paul Clerkin
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      A large format booklet detailing the proposal for the Custom House Docks Development
      Submitted by Hardwicke Ltd. McInerney Properties plc, The British Land Company plc

      Focuses on recreational and social uses of the docks rather than business offices – lots of photos and drawings of people enjoying themselves, a small Financial Services Centre down beside Spencer Dock is almost an afterthought. In many ways closer to the redevelopment pattern of docks / wharfs etc in North America – including museums, winter gardens, cinemas, restaurants and bars – and open space / parks.

      A selection of images

    • #806085
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      The architect was Benjamin Thompson, FAIA (1918-2002) of what is now BTA+ – they had worked in other harbours in Miami, Boston, New York and of course Baltimore of which this reminds me.

      http://www.bta-architects.com

    • #806086
      Anonymous
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      a lot of effort gone into that, what happens to all these models, and wooden block ones too.

    • #806087
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Wasn’t that a submission led by Burke-Kennedy Doyle with Thompson?

    • #806088
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Appreciate the sentiment, and perhaps the softer side that the docklands needs, but its all a bit twee? “Irish Folklife Collection”?

    • #806089
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      “Irish Folklife Collection”?

      This would have been envisaged as a home for the collection of the National Museum, then in storage, dealing with this subject.

      A touch of Baltimore all right, and of course the extensive eating outdoors popular in architectural rendering anticipated the global warming of recent days.

    • #806090
      Anonymous
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      dc3 wrote:
      In the last ilustration it’s summer, raining very heavily and so cold everyone has overcoats.
    • #806091
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @goneill wrote:

      In the last ilustration it’s summer, raining very heavily and so cold everyone has overcoats.

      Sky isn’t grey enough though for summer:)

    • #806092
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I wonder how they could have incorporated a cinema, a winter garden and a fine arts musuem into Stack A without wrecking the building.

      Theres some lovely details in there like the arch in the station park, which I presume is the arch in front of Stack A now, the quayside park and the conference centre shaped like a spireless cathederal. At the same time I’m glad a lot of it wasn’t realised

    • #806093
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      We did so much better than this, didn’t we???

    • #806094
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The drawings are from the competition winning scheme designed by BTA. The local architects (licensing) were BKD. BTA did the AIB/IFSC buildings at the front but were frustrated in the process of rolling out the “social component” such as the museum, restaurants etc that actually won the competition. The developers managed to opt out of the various requirements to provide these in a phased basis because of financial necessity, first offices, and then housing. A significant sinking fund is being held by the DDDA to fund these projects which is contributed by the owners/developers of the “masterplan” but there is little evidence of significant use of these funds to provide for the necessary functions illustrated in the drawings.

    • #806095
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      A significant sinking fund

      Would that be DDDA’s investment in the Irish Glass site? 😀 or the payments to directors?

      THE Dublin Docklands Development Authority paid almost €1m to companies linked to its board of directors in the past three years, it has emerged.

      The news comes amid calls for the board of the state agency to be sacked due to its involvement in the controversial purchase of the €411m former Irish Glass Bottle site in Dublin.

      According to the DDDA’s latest annual report, it paid €964,648 to companies which had direct links with three of its directors, including:

      €372,555 in consultancy fees to Arup Consulting Engineers in 2006 and €310,000 in 2007. One of Arup’s directors, Niamh O’Sullivan, is also a director on the DDDA board.

      €149,655 to PricewaterhouseCoopers for internal audit and consultancy services in 2007. The firm’s partner, Donal O’Connor, was chairman of the DDDA board until he resigned last December and took over as chairman of Anglo Irish Bank.

      €132,438 to the O’Donnell Tuomey firm in 2007. Sheila O’Donnell, who stepped down as a DDDA director last month, has a controlling interest in this company with her family.

      http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/companies-with-links-to-directors-paid-83641m-by-ddda-1636819.html

    • #806096
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      “€132,438 to the O’Donnell Tuomey firm in 2007. Sheila O’Donnell, who stepped down as a DDDA director last month, has a controlling interest in this company with her family.”

      Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. A director, what was the pay for? Controlling interest….?

    • #806097
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      payment for work on the community centre in the East Wall?

    • #806098
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Maybe…..

      O’Casey Centre timeline
      Design: March 2006 – January 2007
      Construction: April 2007 – September 2008
      Completed: September 2008

      Planning applied for 2006
      O’Donnell apointed to board in 2007
      €132,438 was paid to the O’Donnell Tuomey firm in 2007
      Centre completed in 2008
      O’Donnell resigned 2009

    • #806099
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      he must have known hdr was on its way
      same colour scheme as there is now

      http://projectvisual.net/photos/nikon_d300/january09/dublin-docks-lights-nikon-d300-hdr-max-photography.jpg

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