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September 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm in reply to: Getting Started on the new forums #904718
Yes it seems that old passwords will still work.
I will be moving the site to a new server soon.
Yeah – mentions “s a younger man he had been active in the nationalist movement and a member of the National Volunteers and the Irish Volunteers, standing as a nationalist candidate for Rathmines East Ward in the municipal elections of 1914 and 1920”September 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm in reply to: Cambridge House #903923
Was interesting to see the internal shots of this – a friend lives across the street and I walked past Cambridge House, several times a week for years, and it always intrigued me.
Did it sell?September 3, 2014 at 11:54 am in reply to: Getting Started on the new forums #903735
Well you figured it out, not JaysusAugust 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm in reply to: ‘Dutch Billys’ #824378
Any further thoughts on the painting location GunterJuly 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm in reply to: Luas, Metro and DART – Drawings and Photomontages #813346
Graham – you are right on the money; it is a question of cost. Increase business rates along the City Centre section of the route to pay for it; between say Dawson Street and the top of O’Connell Street. There will be a massive uplift in trade when the Dundrum catchment has a choice between the mega mall on a rainy day and posing outside A & F’s new MSU on College Green when the sun shines. I can say with 100,000,000% certainty there is no way Westminster City Council would ever permit a wirescape outside their Burlington Gardens masterpiece. Why should College Green through to OCS be any different?
What should be a project we all endorse without reservation in principle should not be botched.June 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm in reply to: Dawson Street Area #816442
Its just the entrance to the RAC garage as far as I know; only bicycle lanes of 20m in length get a name!!!
Dawson Street will not blossom until Luas gets done; its like a dark cloud hanging over the retail environment given the RPA’s track record delivering phase 1 – with particular reference to contractor management. EIB stimulus will certainly form part of the landscape in the next 12-60 months; the dot joining process up to Broombridge must form part of this.
Starting at Dawson Street there is a real opportunity to follow the Luas Route through to the top of O’Connell Street as a leisure focussed retail lung with Luas and Bicycle access only; no confusing people with Luas down Marlborough Street; Route 1 is the only gig here.
As for 37 – Gaucho Grill pulled a lease on this stretch; no doubt the superior FXB are relieved that their trade will not cannabilised…June 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm in reply to: What future for Stephenson’s Central Bank? #817602
Assuming the North Wall Quay building is up and running by early 2015; I suspect that there will be a significant shortage of grade A office space in Dublin City Centre; I suspect hotels will continue to be dramatically over supplied and the social and affordable requirements render residential a non-runner in even a moderately improved climate.
Someone should let the IDA know that this is available late 2015 allowing 9 months for a full refit; new glazing and M & E services and this is a fantiastic EMEA HQ for a technology or media firm; who ever thought bankers should have such proximity to the nightlife of Temple Bar?
3 years should see office rents on a par with Edinburgh by that time for temperature controlled offices.June 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm in reply to: National Children’s Hospital design #814447
I see the operational rationale of having maternity, childrens and adults hospitals together if that is possible. I am not familier with a simlar tri-location in any traditional City Centre location elsewhere but it may be a good opportunity to set the bar far higher.
What I do not see a rationale in is the creation of 1,400 car spaces at a ‘City Centre Location’
What I would like to see happen
1. A design emerge that has no more than 400 additional car spaces; all of which would be a sub-basement level and for which a lease would be offered to the private sector or NPRF so that income streams could assist meet interest costs on the wider project.
2. A park and ride facilty arrangement somewhere on the M50 intersecting with a future Luas line (served by bus in the interim) for routine appointments where people from outside the GDA can locate easily; clearly wandering around Hardwicke Street looking for parking ain’t ideal.
2. A building envelope that respects its context and is of a decent architectural quality.
3. Fierce lobbying to get the Luas lines to Ballymun (and beyond) as well as IE commuter serves at Broombridge way up the agenda to ensure that sustainable commuting is available for its workforce.
There is a great opportunity to deliver a centre of excellence in healthcare; there is a further incentive to build a highly labour intensive building by people many of whom are far too over qualified to build anything comparable in this climate.
Please do not mess the next application up; get your ducks lined up and shoot to score to a converted crowd.January 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm in reply to: Irish Building of 2011 #817511
Terminal 2 Dublin Airport – that did open in 2011? Not going to win an architectural purists award but will part of all our lives for a long time to come; its a good effort…January 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm in reply to: Rathmines Library #817306
The interior looks bright, modern and clean – everything you don’t want in a library :). Shame the furniture looks so cheap. Did they run out of money. Some more books would have been nice too. It feels like a combination between a waiting room and an Internet cafe.
Not convinced it is too bright; many libraries are quite bright; the exterior scrubbed up really well;December 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm in reply to: Noel O’Gara on The Late Late Show #806753
This did make me laugh; I really hope they put this guy on reeling in the years as the stereotypical property investor, just before the clip where Bertie told the nay sayers to kill ourselves….November 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm in reply to: Ruairi’s Choice . . . #817411
From an ecomic perspective the NBA made perfect sense when private practices were quoting super crazy prices to politely disuade instructions to ensure their staff got roughly 4 hours each evening to go home to eat, shower and sleep.
Clearly the private sector is a lot leaner, hungrier and under utilised than it was 5 years ago. The NBA should be privatised and shouold have to compete with that part of the tax base that paid for its inception but is now crippled by its very existence. One would hope to see far more Fumbally Lane type collectives springing up to win this type of work. Unlike white elephant Metro’s building and or renovating dilapidated schools and health centres is highly labour intensive at every stage of the process from survey to design to construct to snag and the skills are out there and on the construction side already costing the government money…..
Let the dail architect lead the way on this….October 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm in reply to: Room to Remove #817366
You’re effectively suggesting that all “period” (definition?) houses should be listed.
I’m suggesting that dwellings where original detail & styling consistent with a particular era have endured, be respected.
Blanket definitions aren’t possible or practical. However, given that every architect cannot be relied upon to ensure the merits of protecting period features are understood, and in many instances no architect is involved – the planning process will have to step up, and where necessary prevent home owners from gutting sound period dwellings.
The result of indifference is a proliferation of empty vessels that scar the urban fabric.
Meaningless pockets of mediocrity that are to me almost more offensive than a new build pastiche.October 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm in reply to: Room to Remove #817363
Peter – people buy what they can afford. If they aspire to extend then good on them. Nothing wrong with an extension – without them the AAI would have no awards to give out.
Extending or aspiring to extend your home is not the issue, how you could take that from my original comment is bizarre.
My simple point was that I do not understand the logic of buying a period residence, only to completely gut the interior, and further, I don’t think home owners should be allowed to entirely erase the inside of a period dwelling unless the place has been officially condemned as beyond saving.
If it has been condemned, replica’s should obviously be true to the original, and whatever can be saved, like perfectly sound shutter boxes, should be.
The decision to flatten the place in this instance seemed to be hatched between the builder & QS on the basis that it was quicker, cheaper, sure it’s tiny, and now we’ll have a free run through with the wheelbarra.
DB arrived back after a week to see the result, claiming he should have been informed, and he should in fairness.
You’d like to think however, that the value of the existing structure should be the basis for architect/client discussion from the outset, obviously it wasn’t & Dermot didn’t seem to be long getting over the shock of the demolition either.
But don’t be so arrogant to think that someone who has bought a house can’t knock the arse out of the back of it.
The arse was knocked out of the entire house, that is the issue. Home owners have every right to extend from the rear, but with this type of residence, at least make an effort to work with what you have.October 20, 2011 at 10:15 am in reply to: Room to Remove #817359
Couldn’t believe it myself. Why purchase this type of property only to disembowel not just its interior, but absolutely everything, save a few bricks to the front…September 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm in reply to: Pedestrianise College Green for 2016 #812177
There was an article in property week last week confirming they will open but didn’t confirm a date; they know it will do very well based on their enormous concession sales in department stores. As it is a pure destination they could open on Killarney Street and people would travel, it will I suspect act as the catalyst to transform, the non-pedestrianised section of Grafton Street.September 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm in reply to: Metro North #795703
Very disruptive proposal in 4 tracking given it is an operational railway; in the short term I think IE need to have a good look at the dictum that all DART must stopp all stations to Malahide and all Drogheda trains skip al stations from Connolly to Howth Junction. I know this will get lacerated but I would propose
1. All Drogheda / Dundalk trains terminate in Platforms 2-4 in Connolly to get them off the loopline
2. All Drogheda / Dundalk trains stop at 2 stations between Connolly and Howth Junction
3. All Darts skip 2 stations between Connolly and Howth Junction
4. Howth become a branch line where a shuttle runs Howth Junction to Howth to eliminate crossing which requires gaps in the timetable.
5. Malahide move to a 15 minute peak service with the airport on 10 minutes, only Malahide and Portmarnock lose out.
6. The Drogheda/Dundalk loopline slots be divided between Airport services and Maynooth if any additional slots are available
7. Belfast trains become the meat in the scheduling schedule the M1 is fantastic and the service no longer as successful as a result.
Money will be found for Dublin underground and an extensionof the Luas network in a few years time; bond rates now back below 8.50% from 12% at one stage. Metro North is certainly gone to unbuilt Ireland on the grounds of being sub-Luas passenger load in hourly peak terms but Dublin still needs unification interventions that stack up in CBA grounds that disregard unrecoverable externalities as the taxpayer whilst not too far from solvency and gaining in credibility operates within reality these days and for the foreseable future.September 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm in reply to: Rathmines Library #817302
Love the stair case …September 2, 2011 at 10:11 am in reply to: Metro North #795702
Given the ‘economic realities’ at this point, I’d tend to favour the DART extension. 4 tracking the northern line however, which is ultimately necessary, is a much more complex and costly proposition.