Thursday 28 August 2008

Grehan to lodge plans for landmark Howth site

PLANS FOR a luxury waterfront apartment scheme at the old Techrete site in Howth will shortly be lodged with Fingal County Council.

Ray Grehan's Glenkerrin Homes is finalising proposals for the 10-acre site which encompasses the Techrete site and the adjoining Teeling Motors site adjacent to Claremont Strand.

Glenkerrin paid €50 million for the 5.8-acre Techrete site last year when the building supplies firm Techrete decided to relocate to Balbriggan. Grehan later purchased the adjoining Teeling site.

At the time the waterfront site was billed as one of the most valuable pieces of undeveloped land in north Co Dublin.

Glenkerrin plans to build apartments, a boutique hotel, shops, offices and a leisure centre on the site.

The site has mixed-use zoning and, given its proximity to the Dart, Glenkerrin is likely to seek permission for over 500 residential units on the site.

The scheme is being designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partner. The architecture firm has also designed Glenkerrin's 63-storey tower planned for London's docklands as well as the developer's large mixed-use Ealing Leaf scheme in Ealing, west London. In a statement issued yesterday, the developer said it is working with the local authority to develop two acres of public park and tennis courts close to the site. A new bridge allowing access to Claremount Strand and an upgraded promenade are also under negotiation.

The scheme will rejuvenate the village of Howth, according to the developer, who says that population in Howth fell by 6 per cent between 2002 and 2006.

The Irish Times

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