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Car-free day in Brussels recently
Car free day in Dublin (2004)
The easiest way is to look at past competitions. This site has links to competition winners. From there you will be able to link to the architects website
The first wing opened around 1864. Listed buildings, buildings of historical interest and existing buildings can use “alternative approaches” base on “principles” contained in the document (Part B). This new wing opened in 2002 but I bet that’s how they argued their point. Someone signs it off at the end of the day giving an “opinion” of compliance with the building regulations. Note that the building “regulations” are in the box before all the “guidance” document. Part B is where it says if the width is greater than 1800mm it should have a handrail in the middle. But thats “guidance”. The regulations say “A building shall be so designed and constructed that there are adequate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building , capable of being safely and efficiently used.”
In MY opinion it isn’t safe in a stampede of people running for their lives to the door but I’M not the one who signed it off especially as the “guidance” recommends that 1/3 of the people in an “assembly & recreation” building will go out the door they came in.
Anyway. P.I. Insurance. Who cares if it looks good?
AND with all that marble- how in the hell is it going to go on fire? Maybe they got away with it because everything is safer than Class 0.
OH and if they have a fire certificate, which they must, that means that the building control authority said they agree that it’s safe.
Why object to restaurants and an eight screen cinema and more bars and more shops? And more people in the new bars! Sounds pretty cool to me. We just caught up with the rest of Europe by losing the Miles… maybe this is the next step.
Ask all your relations and friends and friends parents, everyone you know, and you will have a list of the good and bad! This is how most people find an architect.
Did you visit any individual websites? Don’t be dazzled by how flash the website is, look at their photos. You know yourself what style you are looking for.
Some Dublin Architects don’t like doing houses because sometimes they turn out to be un-profitable if the design/ tender stages take a long time. Keep them on the phone, and reassure them you are not the type of client who will get caught up about the colour of your carpet at the planning or tender stage!