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Thursday 17 August 2017

Appeal over €150m plan to demolish ESB office

An appeal has been lodged over plans by the ESB to demolish its Fitzwilliam Street headquarters at a cost of around €150m.

Last month, Dublin City Council granted approval for the scheme to knock down the 1960s building designed by architects Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney.

The plan is to replace it with a development which will double the capacity of the existing offices.

An Taisce is among the five parties who have appealed against the council's decision to approve the development.

In addition, the ESB has also appealed to the planning board against conditions imposed by the council which would reduce the height of the new building, the Irish Times reports.

Concerns

Last year, the council told the company it has "serious concerns" about the height and scale of the new building.

The Department of Arts and Heritage raised concerns with the council in relation to the height of the development and said that the three seven storey blocks should be reduced to five storeys and the other blocks reduced proportionately.

In response, the height of two blocks was reduced by one floor, and floors linking some blocks were removed as part of the council's conditions in granting planning permission .

The new office complex - which will include courtyards - will be modern but, the company said is "respectful" of the surrounding Georgian area.

fdillon@herald.ie

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