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17 July 2008

Clarence Hotel green lighted – with small changes

An Bord Pleanala has given the go ahead to the Norman Foster-designed project, which has been going through the planning process for over a year and a half. The decision is hugely significant...

16 July 2008

Architects rate Sligo as best council for planning

Eighty per cent of architects believe that planning decisions made by local authorities do not support good quality design, according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland...

12 July 2008

Big houses look to the future

Until recently Ireland’s history of engagement with its architectural heritage has been somewhat inglorious, a sorry tale of significant buildings either destroyed or neglected. Thanks to improved government legislation and the creation of...

11 July 2008

New Public Recreation Areas created in Spencer Dock Redevelopment

An important step in the restoration of the Spencer Dock Sea Lock took place with the installation of new outer, tidal lock gates on 28th May 2008. The redevelopment project will see the...

10 July 2008

An Taisce hits plan for 10-storey Cork tower

An Taisce has criticised a proposal for a 10-storey cylindrical tower as part of a major redevelopment of Government Buildings in Cork city as “an unacceptable intrusion” in a medieval part of the...

09 July 2008

Huge interest in Dunne’s D4 plan sees rare hearing

Developer Sean Dunne’s high-rise plans for Ballsbridge will be subject to a preliminary oral hearing next week. An Bord Pleanala will hold the session in an attempt to streamline the process in advance...

09 July 2008

Work to build mixed-use scheme on Player Wills site to start in 2009

Up to 500 residential units are included in the planned Players Square, a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Player Wills and Bailey Gibson sites on the South Circular Road in Dublin 8. The...

09 July 2008

Billboards that caused traffic chaos

Fresh controversy erupted over Dublin’s “billboards for bikes” scheme after one of the new advert panels became an instant traffic hazard. The sleek electronic “metropanel” was placed directly in front of a set...

05 July 2008

Coroner’s Court set for overhaul

A major facelift is planned for the 107-year-old Dublin City Coroner’s Court in Store Street in the city centre. A new entrance and courtyard along with more offices in a two-storey extension are...