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21 June 2008

Mini Manhattan for Dublin? No thank you…

Dubliners don’t want to live in a mini Manhattan, it emerged this week. The City Council’s grand plans for a high-rise capital have drawn a 95pc disapproval rating at a public meeting. The...

21 June 2008

Conference centre complete in months

Long-awaited national conference centre — which could be worth over €50m a year to Dublin’s economy — is well on the way to being completed. The colossal structure in Dublin’s Docklands should be...

19 June 2008

Clarence revamp is hit with new delay

U2’s plans for a €150m Clarence Hotel revamp will be hit with another delay as An Bord Pleanala stalls over making a decision. The planning board has indicated that a deadline for a...

19 June 2008

Why Wejchert’s still a winner after 44 years

When Andrzej Wejchert first arrived in Dublin, after winning the open competition to design UCD’s Belfield campus, all he had was a suitcase stuffed with his architecture books and the suit he was...

18 June 2008

Docklands heights up from seven to 20 storeys

A new planning scheme and masterplan for the Dublin docklands, due to be unveiled next week, is to recommend that the maximum height for new buildings at the North Lotts, Grand Canal Harbour...

16 June 2008

OPW puts plans for Dublin skyscraper on hold

Plans to create Ireland’s tallest building, a 32-storey skyscraper by Heuston Station in Dublin, are the latest victim of the downturn in the property market. Three years after securing planning permission to build...

14 June 2008

A monumental makeover

If you are planning to visit Belfast this summer to view its rich architectural and cultural heritage, be prepared to be disappointed. Four of the city’s historic buildings, dating from the 19th or...

12 June 2008

Tough times for architects

With little action on residential sites and builders holding off on larger schemes, it was just a matter of time before architecture firms were forced to make some hard choices. The word on...

12 June 2008

Heneghan Peng design for Giants Causeway to go ahead

The National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity, has unveiled its vision for new visitor facilities at the Giant’s Causeway. Since November, the charity has taken the lead on the delivery of facilities...