The ESB has lodged a planning application with Dublin City Council to redevelop the Fitzwilliam Street site. The design by internationally award winning Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects follows from an international design contest to replace their 1965 building designed by Stephenson Gibney & Associates .
The ESB states that “The current complex is a mix of inefficient aging buildings, some of which were constructed almost seventy years ago and are in poor condition. The complex is very inefficient when compared to modern buildings; both in terms of energy consumption and use of space. Some of the buildings on Fitzwilliam Street have a Building Energy Rating (BER) of F which is amongst the worst energy ratings achievable.”
“The contemporary design by world class Irish architects Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects, is borne out of a combination of ESB’s deep affinity with Dublin City, an understanding of Georgian Architecture and a continuing commitment to investing in community. The facade will reinstate the Georgian rhythm and movement of the streetscape, in a contemporary design language. Carefully selected elements from Georgian design, materials and craftwork have been respectfully considered and reinterpreted. As a result, the streetscape will be improved and any interruption to the rhythm of the street in the current façade will be removed.”
Full details of the scheme can be viewed at http://esbprojectfitzwilliam.com/