Wednesday 21 March 2018

€153m revamp for Guinness HQ as publican drops protest

A €153m expansion of Guinness's historic city home can go ahead after a pub owner withdrew his appeal against the plans.

Dublin City Council had given drinks company Diageo Ireland permission for the massive project -- only for a publican to stand in the way of the scheme.

However, An Bord Pleanala has now given notification that the appellant, Noel Leonard, withdrew his appeal.

Mr Leonard owns a 19th century pub at the corner of Watling Street and Victoria Quay, beside the 55-acre St James's Gate site.

He had lodged an objection with Dublin City Council, stating that plans by Diageo to locate a waste water treatment plant close to his property were inappropriate.

The structure would be "visually obtrusive" and have the effect of devaluing his property, the council was told.


Mr Leonard believed a location for the treatment facility could have been found away from his pub, over which he lives.

However, the council granted Diageo permission.

Mr Leonard, whose pub is called Noel Leonard's, then lodged an appeal against the ruling on March 15 but withdrew it seven days later. Diageo is now in a position push ahead with plans to consolidate its brewing operations on lands to the north of James's Street, rather than relocating away from Dublin city.

It drew up a masterplan for the Guinness Brewery in the south inner city site, bounded by Victoria Quay to the north, James's Street to the south, Watling Street to the east and Steeven's Lane to the west.

The consolidation move will free up space on the south lands, allowing for the redevelopment of Victoria Quay.

"Diageo's vision represents a major opportunity for Dublin to maintain and upgrade one of the city's most significant historic industries, secure a major employment base and secure community and cultural heritage facilities," the company has stated.

The main part of the plans is the development of an "expanded and upgraded" brewhouse, relocating it from the south to the north lands.

In addition, Diageo proposes constructing an extension to the existing fermentation and beer processing plant and a major new export warehouse.

As part of the plans, a stylish civic quarter will be installed.

The public plaza has been designed for Victoria Quay, beside Heuston Station.


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