Monday, 6 April 2009

Planners veto Treasury's plans for Spencer Dock hotel

Plans for a €300m 35-storey hotel next to Convention Centre Dublin in Spencer Dock have been turned down by An Bord Pleanála. The Shay Cleary Architect-designed building was to have 440-bedrooms and was expected to be operated by Mariott's Ritz Carlton.

"We have just received the decision from An Bord Pleanála and we will studying their report," said Dermod Dwyer, chairman of Convention Centre Dublin. "However, we still remain very confident for the development of an outstanding iconic hotel in the docklands which would complement the conference centre complex in Spencer Dock. We are sure the new planning framework for the docklands will allow an opportunity to submit a new plan."

There is already planning permission for a smaller hotel on the site.

Convention Centre Dublin was designed by Kevin Roche, Ireland's best-known architect, and is the first building designed by him to be built in Ireland. It is due to open next year. Other projects by the award-winning architect include Banco Santander's office complex in Spain, partly owned by property syndicator Derek Quinlan, and the Ford Foundation headquarters in New York.

Convention Centre Dublin is being developed under a public private partnership. Treasury Holdings, the property company owned by Johnny Ronan and Richard Barrett, set up a company called Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin which provided the site, designed, financed and is building the national conference centre.

Sunday Tribune

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