Guinness HQ revamp 'must not affect Dart'
A MASSIVE redevelopment of the Guinness HQ at St James' Gate home must not interfere with the Dart Underground project, Iarnrod Eireann has insisted.
The semi-State body said Guinness parent company Diageo did not consult with Iarnrod Eireann before making its application for the brewery site.
No appraisal of the impact of Diageo's proposals on the rail scheme was included in the planning documents, Iarnrod Eireann added.
"It is CIE/Iarnrod Eireann's opinion that the information should be provided by Diageo to Dublin City Council to ensure that the proposal does not jeopardise the future construction of and operation of the approved Dart Underground," the rail firm's Peter Muldoon stated.
He made the comment in a public submission to the council on Diageo's planning application.
As part of the proposals to redevelop Guinness's historic city home, a stylish civic quarter will be installed.
The public plaza has been designed for Victoria Quay, beside Heuston Station, and would drastically improve the appearance of the zone.
Diageo wants to consolidate its brewing operations on its lands to the north of James's Street, rather than relocating away from Dublin City. It has drawn up a masterplan for its 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 move would free up space on the south lands, allowing for the redevelopment of Victoria Quay.
"Diageo's vision for the brewery represents a major opportunity for Dublin to maintain and upgrade one of the city's most significant historic industries, secure a major local employment base, enhance the public realm, and secure community and cultural heritage facilities," the company stated.
The main part of the plans is the development of an "expanded and upgraded" brewhouse, moving it from the south to the north lands.
Fine Gael councillor Ruairi McGinley told the Herald the most important point is the continuation of the brewery use by major new investment in brewing facilities.
"The proposal will help to ensure that Guinness brewing remains embedded in the life of south inner city and is a welcome vote of confidence in Dublin," Mr McGinley said.