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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Central Bank redevelopment gets green light - with strict noise rules

Central Bank building
Central Bank building

Dublin City Council has given the green light to a €75m redevelopment of the iconic old Central Bank building, including a new 360-degree, 300-seater rooftop restaurant and bar.

However, residents of Temple Bar, who feared that the rooftop bar and restaurant could become another loud pub and nightclub in the area, can rest easy.

The council is imposing strict noise level conditions attached to the permission that prohibit any noise levels above background level.

The noise condition follows a submission to the council from Temple Bar Residents group chairman Frank McDonald, who said that the council needed to guard against the "dire prospect" of the rooftop bar and restaurant becoming yet another loud venue over time.

The ambitious plan by Hines and Peterson secured permission after the proposal received an enthusiastic response from the council's planning department.

The planner's report states that the rooftop restaurant and bar "will provide unique and unrivalled views of the city and is likely to be a major future tourist attraction for Dublin city centre".

Landmark

It stated that "the proposed rooftop extension is considered to be positive in all respects and is likely to become a local landmark and destination".

Recommending the go-ahead, the planning report stated that the proposed development will upgrade one of the most iconic buildings in the city centre, and contribute to the animation of the plaza.

The redevelopment will host more than 1,000 office workers in 12,000sq m of offices, as well as shops in the adjoining buildings.

On the 360-degree viewing platform, the consultants of Hines and Peterson told the council that "there are currently no rooftop destinations within the historic city core which provide such views and we believe that this has the potential to become a world-class attraction, with significant spin-off for local businesses".

The consultants stated that the application represents a significant investment and upgrade of one of the most iconic building in the city centre "and will result in the creation of a mixed-use world-class environment at the heart of Dublin's city centre".

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