Tuesday 15 May 2007

Planning permission sought for apartments in Dublin 7

Pascal Conroy’s Albion Properties is seeking planning permission for 220 apartments and 5,135 square metres of office space at a 1.88-acre site next to St Brendan’s Hospital in Grangegorman in Dublin 7.

The company is also seeking to develop a creche, just under 290 square metres of shops, a 178 square metre gallery and a restaurant on the site.

The site incorporates part of Grangegorman Lower, Blake Villas, 22-27 North Brunswick Street and is next to the Richmond apartment complex.

All of the existing structures on the site are to be demolished under the plan, and just under 23,700 square metres of development would then be built, including 44 one-bed units, 164 two-beds and 12 three-beds.

The development would be spread between six blocks, ranging in height from two to 11 storeys. If approved, it will also include 184 car parking spaces and 200 bike spaces.

The site is next to the former psychiatric hospital, St Brendan’s, and adjoining land which is to be redeveloped by DIT as its new campus.

An international design competition to masterplan the development of Grange gorman has been undertaken, and expressions of interest closed last month.

The masterplan will include the development of a new campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology, along with health and other community facilities at the 74-acre site near Smithfield in Dublin city centre.

The site is in two lots located on either side of the Grangegorman Road. It extends from the North Circular Road as far south as North Brunswick Street and from Broadstone to the rear of Prussia Street. It is zoned for recreational, institutional and community use.

Albion Properties also owns the Phibsboro shopping centre, which is to be given a €75 million redevelopment. The 1967 shopping centre is the second oldest in the country.

It was developed by Canadian billionaire Galen Weston, who also owns Brown Thomas.

The shopping centre, which is on a 1.23-acre site, is to triple in size. It should also benefit from the redevelopment of Daly mount Park, which has been bought by Liam Carroll.

He is expected to include a significant amount of retail outlets when he eventually seeks permission to build on the site.

Albion is also developing Ridge Hall, a scheme of apartments on three acres in Ballybrack in south Dublin, and renovating and extending three listed Georgian buildings on Parnell Square and converting them into apartments and medical suites.

Its other projects include apartments on Distillery Road in Dublin 9 which overlook Belvedere College’s sports grounds, and a scheme of 49 apartments on the Lucan Road in Chapelizod.

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