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06 January 2009

Plans for city subverted by height arguments

It seems almost surreal to be discussing high-rise planning policy in Dublin at a time when the construction industry is almost at a standstill; with so many newly-built apartment buildings and office blocks...

06 January 2009

High-rise areas set out in latest draft plan

Dublin City Council’s planners are to refine and clarify their latest draft policy on high-rise development before going for public consultations later this month – subject to the council’s approval. The current version...

01 December 2008

Victoria Square wins Cannes urban regeneration award

Belfast’s £400m Victoria Square shopping and leisure centre has won an international award for its impact on regenerating the city. It picked up the Urban Regeneration Initiative of the Year title at the...

29 November 2008

Titanic building ‘will be icon’

The Titanic Quarter’s centrepiece building could become as iconic to Northern Ireland as the Sydney Opera House is to Australia, it was claimed yesterday. Amid widespread welcome for the Executive’s decision to fund...

28 November 2008

Council does not have full legal title to Blackrock Park

A former PD councillor is calling on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to acquire full legal title to Blackrock Park to prevent another “Dartmouth Square situation”. Victor Boyhan said he had been pursuing the...

27 November 2008

Executive launches Titanic funds

A £97m proposal for a landmark building in the Titanic Quarter has been backed by the Stormont Executive. Work on the ‘Titanic signature project’ is to start in January. The executive said it...

27 November 2008

Ballyfermot’s new pool complex a positive legacy of the boom

The Celtic Tiger has vanished, as we all know, but some positive legacies have been left for people to enjoy during the recession when we’ll have more time to relax. Foremost among these...

26 November 2008

A 50-Year Battle to Save Old Ireland

When Desmond and Mariga Guinness first lived here in the 1950s, they were unlikely champions of Irish architecture. Mrs. Guinness, the daughter of a German prince, had grown up in Europe and Japan,...

25 November 2008

National Policy on Town Defences launched

The National Policy on Town Defences sets out “the national policy for the protection, preservation and conservation of historic urban defences in Ireland. The Policy is a further development in progressing the Walled...