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Fast-Track Planning Submitted for a €76m Apartment Development

The construction of a residential development of 460 no. apartments (1 no. studio unit, 92 no. one bedroom, 303 no. two bedroom; and 64 no. three bedroom) in six 5 to 14 storey blocks.
Application for 460 apartments in Sandyford, tallest block is 14 stories, pretty decent density.

http://www.tivwayplanning.com/
I'm guessing this is a re-hash of the plan that DLR and ABD rejected last year for various reasons? A couple of things caught my eye.

The first is that the plan only covers part of the site around the existing Rockbrook apartment block (http://www.tivwayplanning.com/plann...ownload=321:950021-p0002-contextual-site-plan). The second is the reference to a future Sandyford Business District Civic Park (http://www.tivwayplanning.com/plann...l?download=326:950021-p1011-level-1-boulevard). I haven't heard of it before and it's location on the map doesn't make much sense. And lastly, it's nice to see good pedestrian connectivity between it, Luas and the rest of the estate. It's somewhat comical that the current Rockbrook development faces away from the Luas, forcing more than a few people to go down to the carpark and up the vehicular ramp to get out.

Otherwise, it looks like a decent plan that will add a fair amount of accommodation an area that badly needs it. It's also right beside the Luas stop which, if the plans are to be believed, will be upgraded to metro in a few years. I wonder if Shane Ross will shout about how it'll be towering over the poor denizens of Stepaside.
 

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I downloaded the design statement (which was bloody massive) and thought the floor plans were disappointing. The few 3 bedroom apartments that they've proposed are all relatively small at <110sqm each.

The 3 bed "penthouses" in the Beacon were all 140sqm+.
 

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it's nice to see good pedestrian connectivity between it, Luas and the rest of the estate. It's somewhat comical that the current Rockbrook development faces away from the Luas, forcing more than a few people to go down to the carpark and up the vehicular ramp to get out.


And also from a wind perspective the opening is on the wrong side!

Anyone who hangs around the coffee shops on the Plaza will appreciate that - the west facing doors are closed half the time due to the wind, while the rear entrances from the Plaza are becalmed.
 

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What s this 5th or 6th project on this site?



 

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^^ student housing replaced by apartments replaced by even more apartments.
Exactly what we need.

Looks good but looking at that last image Sandyford is still such a disjointed mess after all these years. There should really be a concerted effort to turn it into a proper secondary CBD instead of just a load of randomly developed high density plots set amongst old industrial units.
The Sandyford Urban Framework Plan aims to turn the industrial sites into residential. The slower approach is good as it allows denser development by established investors and developers and Luas capacity to catch up.

The plan, last updated in 2016, proposes 8-storeys max on this site (hence the older less ambitious projects), but Marlet is going for 17.

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What s this 5th or 6th project on this site?
That site is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It has generated millions in revenue for investors, architects and consultants in the last decade and yet the only work done on it was one lad with a JCB knocking a warehouse.
 

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That site is the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It has generated millions in revenue for investors, architects and consultants in the last decade and yet the only work done on it was one lad with a JCB knocking a warehouse.
It is good to see something bigger than previous proposals there (especially student accommodation was terrible eyesore) but it would be better to actually see something build at last.
We have Ireland's number 1 example of unfinished project in Sandyford already and this district has great potential as well as great risk of things going bad.
 
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