Thursday 4 December 2008

Developer returns with scaled down scheme for former Smurfit HQ in D6

DEVELOPER PAMERETTE Ltd is making another attempt to redevelop the former Jefferson Smurfit headquarters at Beech Hill in Clonskeagh, Dublin 6, into a mixed-use scheme, writes EDEL MORGAN

The company - owned by the McCormack, Kelly and Flynn families which bought the site for €5 million - is submitting a planning application to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for an office, residential, retail and science and technology development.

The residential element would comprise 207 units, including 47 houses and 160 apartments in three blocks. The houses would be a mix of three, four and five-bed units. Also part of the proposal are two office buildings rising to seven storeys over double basement, a science and technology building also rising to seven storeys over double basement, a crèche, concierge building and a kiosk.

Last December Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council refused planning permission for a bigger development of 360 apartments in 17 blocks and three office blocks on the 5.5-hectare site on Beech Hill Road adjoining UCD's Belfield campus.

The council rejected the scheme because vehicular access from a busy road would cause serious traffic congestion and endanger public safety. This was the second time developer Pamerette Ltd was refused permission.

Pamerette negotiated a joint venture with UCD, which will provide five acres of land in a deal that will see some of the apartments handed over to the college.

Irish Times

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