Planning decision due on Sullivan's Quay hotel development

Planning decision due on Sullivan's Quay hotel development
A computer-generated view of the planned development from Bam on the former tax office and FÁS building on Sullivan's Quay. Pic: Pedersen Focus.

A PLANNING decision is due on a major hotel and office development at Sullivan's Quay this week.

City planners are due to make their decision on BAM's plan for a 193-bed hotel and six-storey office development at the former government buildings by Thursday.

The developer, who is also behind the event centre, was previously granted permission for a smaller version of the same plan in 2008.

However, the collapse of the construction industry put the brakes on the project, with a revised application lodged in May.

Two replacement buildings will be built on the site, including a hotel which will range in height from six to twelve storeys, including a cylindrical tower on the corner of Sullivan's Quay and Meade Street.

The hotel will include a bar, restaurant and retail area, as well as basement car parking.

While the proposal would be a welcome boost to the city's hotel trade, some concerns have been raised.

Environmental group An Taisce have submitted an objection to the revised plan, claiming that it is 'substantially larger' than the previously approved proposal, with a height of 48 metres in comparison to the 32.1 metres approved in 2008.

"It cannot reasonably be considered as an alteration and modification of the approved scheme," claim the body, which adds that the new development would dominate over the entire Grand Parade and quay area if approved in its current format.

The former government building was most recently home to a number of art groups and approximately 100 CIT students, who are set to relocate to 46 Grand Parade, which is currently undergoing redevelopment.

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