Friday, 27 April 2007

Mansfield scales back plans for conference centre

Jim Mansfield has scaled back his plans to build a large convention centre at
his Citywest hotel complex in the hope of getting the green light from
The businessman has applied to South Dublin County Council for permission
to build a 4,000-capacity centre at Citywest, at a cost of €70-€90 million. The
facility will cover 7,500sq ft with a ceiling rising to 13m or more in height to
allow for big stage sets that are required for major conferences.
Mr Mansfield's latest application comes less than a year after An Bord
Pleanála refused him permission to build a significantly larger, 6,000-capacity
conference facility at Citywest. This followed appeals by An Taisce, the
heritage body, and businessman Harry Crosbie, who runs the Point.
Mr Mansfield, whose property portfolio is valued at €1.4 billion, had earlier
built a steel-frame structure for the building without permission and was
ordered to take it down by the council. The structure remains in place.
Ciarán Hancock
© Irish Times 2007

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