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02 April 2009

Property slump means no U2 tower on the horizon

Dublins landmark U2 tower is farther away than ever from being built following the decline in the property market. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) said in October it had suspended “negotiations regarding...

31 March 2009

400 jobs lost in Northern Ireland architects’ practices

An estimated 400 jobs have been lost in architect practices in Northern Ireland over the last 12 months The figure represents 20 per cent of the workforce, with staff either being made redundant...

28 March 2009

1833 – Design for Carlton Club, London

Architect: Charles Robert Cockerell The Carlton Club on Pall Mall in London had invited various architects, including Pugin, Wyatt, Barry, and Decimus Burton to design a new clubhouse. Cockerell declined the opportunity to...

27 March 2009

1769 – St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas St., Dublin

Architect: John Smyth Originally built in 1185, the church was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by John Smyth (or Smith). Maurice Craig maintained that St. Catherine’s has “the finest...

27 March 2009

1809 – Nelson’s Pillar, O’Connell St., Dublin

Architect: William Wilkins Predating London’s Nelson Column by almost 30 years, Nelson’s Pillar was a 36.8m tall column with a 3.9m tall statue by Thomas Kirk in Portland Stone at the top. At...

27 March 2009

Croke Park up against pumphouse for architects’ Gold Medal

A school in Co Galway, civic offices in Co Meath and Co Offaly, a library in north Dublin, two university buildings and a pumphouse in Clontarf are competing with Croke Park for the...

26 March 2009

Celtic Tiger era earned some architectural stripes

So what have we got to show for all the money we had – and spent – during the boom? The construction industry was in overdrive for a decade, churning out several hundred...

25 March 2009

Landmark Dublin church converted to offices

When conservation architect James O’Connor first entered St George’s Church in Hardwicke Place, Dublin, at the beginning of his restoration project it felt as if he had stumbled into the aftermath of a...

24 March 2009

Room for optimism as hotel developer bets on Belfast

Opening a new five-star hotel in the middle of an economic downturn takes more than a sliver of courage. Combine this with the fact that the five-star hotel in question is located in...