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Old January 3rd, 2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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DUBLIN | Number One Ballsbridge | Under Construction

Number One Ballsbridge

• 3 buildings
• New pedestrian street linking Pembroke Road to Shelbourne Road
• Grade A 12,579 sqm office space
• 2,116 sqm retail space
• 88 residential apartments
• Onsite basement leisure complex
• 11 retail units - mix of coffee/lifestyle stores and high-end brands


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Old January 3rd, 2016, 10:54 PM   #2
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Old January 4th, 2016, 01:08 AM   #3
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Slightly off-topic, but it never fails to impress me how they managed to squeeze a 50,000 seater stadium and a Dart station into one of the most exclusive areas in Dublin. Impressive.

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Old January 4th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #4
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Slightly off-topic, but it never fails to impress me how they managed to squeeze a 50,000 seater stadium and a Dart station into one of the most exclusive areas in Dublin. Impressive.
Lol, probably because there was certainly a railway station and probably even a "recreation ground" on this site long before Ballsbridge was exclusive. Remember until the mid 1800s the "Donnybrook Fair" far from being an epicurian food store was an open air extravaganza of drunkenness, debauchery and immorality......so no change there then

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Old January 7th, 2016, 10:54 PM   #5
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Lol, probably because there was certainly a railway station and probably even a "recreation ground" on this site long before Ballsbridge was exclusive. Remember until the mid 1800s the "Donnybrook Fair" far from being an epicurian food store was an open air extravaganza of drunkenness, debauchery and immorality......so no change there then

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Yeah, Lansdowne Road was opened in 1872(thanks Google) and planning was a lot more laissez-faire back then and there would have been much more space to develop. Similar story with Croke Park on Jones' Road which (I believe) was a racecourse for some time before the GAA bought it in the early 20th century.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 01:27 AM   #6
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Most of those "exclusive" areas along that stretch of the south Dublin coast only sprang up because of the development of the railway line, which made suburban commuting a possibility for professional gentlemen working in the city. Indeed, the Westland Row (now Pearse) to Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) line was the first commuter - as opposed to intercity - rail line to be developed in the world, as I understand it. Places like Dalkey etc. were rather deprived villages largely dependent on fishing until the trains came.
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Most of those "exclusive" areas along that stretch of the south Dublin coast only sprang up because of the development of the railway line, which made suburban commuting a possibility for professional gentlemen working in the city. Indeed, the Westland Row (now Pearse) to Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) line was the first commuter - as opposed to intercity - rail line to be developed in the world, as I understand it. Places like Dalkey etc. were rather deprived villages largely dependent on fishing until the trains came.

Yes you are correct. The Dublin to Kingstown Railway was the catalyst for urban development along the Coast. I have seen early black and white pictures and daguerreotypes which depict Killiney as looking almost like the sort of "one horse town" by the sea that you encounter in the West of Ireland.

In another example of the Law of unintended consequences, it was actually the potential to develop land rather then to transport people or goods that ended up spurring alot of railway development, particularly close to burgeoning Victorian Cities. London experienced a near mania as developers promoted a veritable spiders web of tracks in the once pastoral adjacent counties to open up development land. In fact I think the name of the London district of Surbiton may have contributed to the term "Suburb" .

Sadly, in Dublin, the success of the Dublin-Kingston was never quite repeated. Of Course there was quite alot of development along the Dublin Belfast line and of course, the Harcourt Line was almost specifically built to encourage development. Foxrock was famously built from scratch as a railway suburb, inspired by the Bungalow colonies of India and various leafy garden suburbs of the South of England. But, on the whole it was not that successful. There were positively rural parts of Cabinteely and Stillorgan until as late as the 1970s.

Most interesting perhaps are the Suburban lines that were not built. Such as, a line running through the Redbrick districts from Ballsbridge to Inchicore, a loop linking Foxrock Station to Glenageary, a parallel line between the Dun Laoghaire Line and the Harcourt line via Clonskeagh and Mount Merrion and a line linking Dublin to Baltinglass with numerous suburban stations on the approach to its very Central Terminal at Trinity Street!!!!

Had some of them been built it would have eased traffic today.

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Yeah, Lansdowne Road was opened in 1872(thanks Google) and planning was a lot more laissez-faire back then and there would have been much more space to develop. Similar story with Croke Park on Jones' Road which (I believe) was a racecourse for some time before the GAA bought it in the early 20th century.
Interesting! I didn't know there was a racecourse at Jones Road.

I did know its history predated the GAA though. Some years ago I flicked through a book about the pre-partition Football League. At the time it was dominated by the Belfast teams but Dublin teams were just beginning to Flex their muscles on the eve of the First World War. What a fantastic football culture might have developed, full of legendary derby games, had it all not fallen asunder Still thats a discussion for another day.

Anywho, I think some of the Dublin based teams, with charming names like Freebooters and Leinster Nomads, may have been played some matches at Jones Road. I'm pretty certain that some of the earliest Internationals and Dublin based Cup Finals took place there. If I recall correctly it was called "City and Suburban Grounds " or something.

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PS: In the 1890s Jones Road was considered to be on the periphery of the City
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This is to get going again.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...site-1.2633422
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Getting bank money for this also implies they are ready to spend their funds on another project.
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Wasn't there meant to be a 15 storey residential element to this? Or is that the development next door?
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What was the hold up?all these months it looked as if the cranes were working, but no visible changes to the skeleton?
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What was the hold up?all these months it looked as if the cranes were working, but no visible changes to the skeleton?
There's an article in today's Irish Times saying Deutsche Bank have stepped in to provide the funding necessary to complete this project - link so we'll probably see a resumption in building work there soon.
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6/Aug

Cladding finally going up on Shelbourne Road


Capital Dock making a guest appearance in the b/g


Pembroke Rd side now. No.1 BB on the left, Hume House in the middle (earmarked for redevelopment), and Franklin House redevelopment on the right
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Great to see glass cladding work going ahead on this. It seemed like the skeletal structure was lying idle there for years!
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Glass cladding ongoing at No.1 Balksbridge
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The glass cladding IMO is very sophisticated and elegant, making the building look taller and more proportional that it really is. Not bad!
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Unnamed Chinese Aviation firm has taken the office building according to SBP with record rent.
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The glass cladding IMO is very sophisticated and elegant, making the building look taller and more proportional that it really is. Not bad!
Yeah, It looks like 10 storeys in that photo. Nice addition to Ballsbridge and a welcome addition of office/residential space.
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The glass cladding IMO is very sophisticated and elegant, making the building look taller and more proportional that it really is. Not bad!

Maybe we should glass clad Hawkins House instead of demolishing it? It may looks like real skyscraper with his current 10 floors.
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