Monday 25 August 2008

Hilton seeks to extend Dublin 2 hotel

Hilton Hotels Corporation is seeking to extend its hotel at Charlemont Place, overlooking the Grand Canal in Dublin 2.

Planning permission was lodged to Dublin City Council on 15 August, as part of an application by Bernard McNamara's Grattenlane, to redevelop McConnell House, a five-storey office building previously occupied by McConnell Advertising.

Under the plans, the existing office block, which dates from the 1960s, will be demolished and replaced with a mixed development of offices, a café and the Hilton extension. A protected structure is also located on the site.

The extension to the rear of the hotel will consist of a new seven-storey over single basement, comprising 34 hotel bedrooms, five meeting rooms, bars, lounges, gallery, health club and executive lounge. This will increase the total gross floor area (GFA) of the hotel from 10,243 square metres to 17,914 square metres, and the number of bedrooms to 245.

Bernard McNamara, along with Jerry O'Reilly and Eamon Sheild's Albert Properties, was previously refused planning permission in April 2007 to demolish McConnell House and replace it with an eight storey-office block and 16 apartments, on the grounds that the scheme's height and scale would be out of character with the area.

Sunday Tribune

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