Tuesday 25 October 2016

ESB secures green light for €150m HQ on 'Georgian Mile'

New ESB building
New ESB building

THE ESB has been given the green light for its new €150m Dublin headquarters.

An Bord Pleanala has granted permission for the development, subject to 19 conditions, including carrying out a survey of the controversial Block A, built by architect Sam Stephenson in the 1960s.

This involved the demolition of 16 Georgian Buildings on what was known as the ‘Georgian Mile’.

The development site includes buildings dating from the 1940s to the 1980s, ranging in height from four to seven storeys, including 11 protected structures.

All of the 20th century buildings will be demolished, with nine protected Georgian houses to be refurbished.

The new building will include 36,917 square metres of office space across a 1.2 hectare site.

A total of 440 bicycles will be accommodated, along with 110 car parking spaces.

In addition, apartments will be developed along with private and public open spaces in the form of terraces, balconies and garden areas.

The board said that the Sam Stephenson building should be subject to a detailed survey and added to the records of the Irish Architectural Archives, despite not being a protected structure.

“The Board is satisfied that the proposed development would protect and improve the existing architectural and civic design character of this important part of Georgian Dublin,” it said in its decision.

Seven of the eight-strong board approved the development, saying it would facilitate enterprise and employment and represented proper planning.

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