Developer wants to demolish protected site on quays
A company run by developer Greg Kavanagh is trying to destroy a protected building on Dublin's south quay.
The company has applied to demolish number 20 – 24 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and said that it was incorrectly listed as a protected structure by Dublin City Council.
A spokesman for Mr Kavanagh has insisted that the actual B&I Steam Packet building , which he said was not listed, would not be destroyed as part of the plan.
The company operated ships between ports in Britain and Ireland starting in 1836 and later became B&I Ferries, which was then absorbed into Irish Ferries.
Mr Kavanagh is hoping to develop a €250m complex, made up of 400,000sq ft of offices and 200 apartments, on the south docks.
The planned project would occupy part of the waterfront, at Lime Street and East Hanover Street in the city's south docks area, close to the Grand Canal Theatre.
A planning application for the site stated that Balark wanted to demolish all structures from 20-27 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, buildings on Lime Street, Lime Court and Hanover Street East.
This would make way for a seven-storey mixed-use development, which would include an internal courtyard, gym, community room and waste storage.
Mr Kavanagh came to prominence by buying up property during the crash.
A statement from Dublin City Council said that the building was first named as a protected structure in 2005.
"This structure is still listed on the 2011 record of protected structures," it added.
A decision on the application is due on until May 27.