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Old November 3rd, 2008, 08:00 PM   #1
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Iarnrod Eireann to push ahead with high rise plans for Tara Street Station

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Downturn fails to derail high-rise plan for stations
Monday November 03 2008

IARNROD Eireann is to press ahead with plans to develop high-rise buildings at Connolly and Tara Street stations in Dublin, despite the economic downturn.

The company is to seek planning permission for buildings over 60 metres tall later this year, and in 2009, after Dublin City Council indicated that both sites were suitable for high-rise development.

Last week, An Bord Pleanala ruled that plans to redevelop Tara Street station, one of the country's busiest transport centres, were classed as strategic infrastructure, which meant they could be fast-tracked through the planning process.

Now the company plans to invest €125m building a 14-storey office tower above the tracks on the 0.3-acre site.

It is also developing a masterplan for Connolly Station which will see the air rights -- or the empty space above the tracks -- developed as offices and new homes. "It is our intention to lodge a planning application for Tara Street before the end of this year," a company spokesman said yesterday. "We're finalising the overall plan for Connolly, and we would intend to apply (for permission) next year."

Major increases in customer numbers have seen throughput in Tara Street grow to 10 million passengers a year, and further growth is expected as Transport 21 projects -- including the underground DART tunnel -- come on stream.

The Tara Street plan is being updated to take account of the growth in passenger numbers, and Iarnrod Eireann has already been granted permission for a 60.8-metre, 14-storey office tower above the station.

The permission included approval for a new 12-metre-high, €20m station concourse with 13,000 square metres of office accommodation above.

The main focus of the new design will be to provide an improved concourse area that will cater for up to 14,500 passengers per hour at peak times.

In addition, it is hoped that the revised design will provide for a similar area of office accommodation above in a landmark tower feature.

- Paul Melia
Should be interesting....if anyone has images of the building already given PP at Tara St please post. Looking forward to seeing the plan for Connolly Station.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 01:06 AM   #2
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Here's the best pics I could find of the approved tower, sorry they're tiny they were all I could get





And just for those who don't use Tara street station often or aren't from Dublin here's what it's like now:
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Old March 16th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #3
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From the herald today via johnny21 on archiseek:

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Monday March 16 2009

A NEW €100m skyscraper, incorporating a train station, is planned for the city centre, despite the economic downturn.
Iarnrod Eireann said it will press ahead with its ambitious plans -- and is confident about finding a development partner to build a ten-storey 60m high office development at Tara Street.
The company will apply for planning permission later this month to build the office block and train station, which will allow up to 14,500 passengers an hour to access Dart and other rail services.
Tara Street is one of the busiest train stations in the country, currently catering to 25,000 passengers a day, or 20pc of all people using the network.

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Office space of 13,000 square metres will be provided, while the building will be 60.8m tall.
The station will remain open during construction as the project, to minimise disruption, will be delivered on a phased basis.
Tara Street has been identified by Dublin City Council as being one of several sites across the city suitable for high-rise development.
Because a station is at the heart of the project, An Bord Pleanala has deemed the proposal to be strategic infrastructure meaning the Board, not the city council, will decide if the application should be approved
A planning application will be lodged later this year, and construction is expected to begin next year with completion in 2012
Will very noticeable, and should be set up nicely with the new liberty hall and canary dwarf to either side. Plans have changed since the above, connolly should be interesting when it happens.
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Love how they refer to a 10-storey building as a skyscraper...
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lol 60.8m's is not a skyscraper


Good to see it going ahead though. It looks a smart design and like you say I think it will fit in nicely in the area. Tara street station needs this badly. It's overcrowded and too small.
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Love how they refer to a 10-storey building as a skyscraper...
Liberty hall is the benchmark here
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The scale is right for the scheme considering the customs house is just across the river.
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Oh, no, definitely I agree. Perfect size for where it is, would like to see something maybe a little taller to replace hawkins though. Or even just a park. Or just something that is not hawkins house.
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would like to see something maybe a little taller to replace hawkins though. Or even just a park. Or just something that is not hawkins house.
Lol, agreed
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Agreed about the skyscraper but I certainly hope they don't bulldoze that lovely pub on the corner there, the something Lounge I believe it's called. It's a gem.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 01:29 PM   #11
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Is this the one you are thinking about? I believe it is to be kept intact. It should benefit from all the new customers i the new block.

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That would be a nice contrast. I hope this is proceeding as planned.
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