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16 November 2007

Watchdog to lobby for Causeway centre

Northern Ireland’s newly established design watchdog has renewed its efforts to ensure Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway visitors’ centre is built.At the second meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Group last week, the group voted...

15 November 2007

Corpo to say yes to new Clarence Hotel

Don’t be surprised if Dublin City Council decides to grant full planning permission for Norman Foster’s controversial plan to re-make the Clarence Hotel – by demolishing all but its quayfront facade and those...

15 November 2007

Extensions that allow you to stay put

Spending on home improvements is on the rise and is set to grow further, according to the Construction Industry Federation. We spent a total of €4.5 billion in 2006 repairing, maintaining and improving...

15 November 2007

Award turns jovial Jim into a blushing Barrett

Jovial Jim Barrett must have been blushing in the Four Seasons Hotel last week over the extravagant lifetime achievement citation he got in this year’s Opus Awards. Anyone would have thought that he...

13 November 2007

Surveyors call for density increases

‘Where next for development – where should developers build and how, especially in Dublin and other major urban centres’, was the theme of the 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Chartered Surveyors...

12 November 2007

Moore Ruble Yudell selected to masterplan Grangegorman

The Grangegorman Development Agency has announced that architects/planners Moore Ruble Yudell from the USA, in association with DMOD (formerly Duffy Mitchell O’Donoghue) from Ireland, are the winners of the competition for the re-development...

11 November 2007

OPW knocks unlisted ‘historic’ building

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has demolished part of a building on Leeson Lane in Dublin 2 which Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell had requested be listed on the Record of Protected...

11 November 2007

By George, Dublin could soon be a Unesco world heritage site

Georgian Dublin could be added to Unesco’s exclusive list of world heritage sites next year, but only if it can be shown that the architectural heart of the capital is of “outstanding universal...

09 November 2007

MacGabhann Architects’ cultural centre in County Donegal turns up the volume

Letterkenny is no great shakes as a town. An important commercial centre, yes, but considerably less engaging than Derry to the east, just across the border into Northern Ireland, and with markedly less...