Thursday, June 16, 2005

When compared to other major world cities, the Dublin skyline is remarkably small. The largest buildings in the city are The Spire in O’Connell Street and Liberty Hall beside the Liffey. The towers in Ballymun, the largest flat complex in Ireland are currently being deconstructed.

In this context it is perhaps unusual that yesterday, An Bord Pleanala (the Irish planning authority) gave permission for the construction of a 32 storey building. It will be part of an 8.5 acre development beside Heuston Station.

The building, which at its highest point will be 140m, will consist of 28 floors of apartments, 3 floors of restaurants and an observation floor.

In granting permission for the construction of the building An Bord Pleanala made it subject to 32 separate planning conditions.

Dublin’s skyline is set to change forever.

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