Significant redevelopment and regeneration of key city centre site planned by OPW and Receivers to Apollo House as applications are lodged with Dublin City Council.

3 June 16

The Office of Public Works and Tom O’Brien and Simon Coyle of Mazars as Joint Receivers to Cuprum Properties Limited, appointed by NAMA, are delighted to announce today (Friday 3 June), that planning applications were lodged with Dublin City Council for the redevelopment and regeneration of key city centre sites on which currently stand Hawkins and Apollo House.

The applications were lodged with Dublin City Council yesterday separately but concurrently with each other and the two sites together represent one of the most significant redevelopment proposals in the heart of Dublin City Centre.

The collaborative and unified approach taken by both owners to the public realm and the urban setting of Apollo House and Hawkins House, will deliver a significant benefit to the city. The scheme optimises the development opportunity presented by Hawkins House and the adjoining Apollo House sites and the joint design team have delivered the planning applications on the two sites in a fully co-ordinated manner, which maximises efficiencies in both schemes.

Hawkins House dates from 1962 and is located on the site of the former Theatre Royal. The proposed development consists of the demolition of the existing Hawkins House building and the construction of a commercial office building, including the provision of café/retail units and associated services. Apollo House dates from the late 1960s and is located on Tara Street and Poolbeg Street. The proposed development consists of the demolition of the existing Apollo House and the construction of a commercial office building including the provision of café/retail units and associated services. The area has been identified in the Dublin City Council George’s Quay Local Area Plan as an area of significant economic importance to the city, the region and the State.

In addition to creating a high quality environmentally sustainable new office quarter in the city, this scheme also presents a unique opportunity to deliver social dividend in the public spaces, active ground floor uses and the opening up of an impenetrable block between Tara Street and College Green.

The public realm will be significantly enhanced through development of both schemes, providing a new public plaza in the centre of the block, opening up new pedestrian routes, opportunities for café/restaurant commercial activity at ground floor levels and an appealing vibrant working environment for the office occupiers.

Speaking today, Minister Seán Canney, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief said “I am delighted that my Office, the Office of Public Works, has worked in close co-operation with the Receivers to Apollo House in developing these planning applications. This development represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a new vibrant commercial and government office quarter in the city of Dublin”.

Brendan McDonagh, Chief Executive of NAMA, said: “This is an exciting project to revitalise key sites in Dublin City adjacent to Trinity College and is consistent with the Receivers’ aim to maximise the return and to deliver much-needed high-quality commercial space that will promote investment, and create jobs”.

Minister Canney concluded “My Office works closely with its client Departments and it is clear that Hawkins House is now obsolete and no longer meets the demand for modern flexible workspace. The development of this site will provide up to 60% more office space, will offer significant savings in running costs and will facilitate my Office to reach sustainability targets and free up older leased buildings throughout the city

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For more information on the Hawkins House application, please contact Colette Davis, OPW Press Officer at 087 947 5552 or colette.davis@opw.ie

For more information on the Apollo House application, please contact Tom O’Brien at Mazars 01 4494400

Notes to Editors:

Images of the proposed developments are available at the following link:

https://goo.gl/photos/1MMc7hdsngQVqK5E7

If you have difficulties accessing the images, please email OPW Press Office at opwpressoffice@opw.ie and they will be emailed to you directly.

The applications were lodged with Dublin City Council on Thursday 2 June and the plans are available to view in the Council Offices during normal working hours.

Hawkins House Planning Information:

The proposed development consists of the demolition of the existing Hawkins House located on Hawkins St and Poolbeg St, Dublin 2 and the construction of a commercial office building ranging in height from 6 storeys to 10 storeys (including one level of plant). The total gross internal area of this building will be circa 20,436 sq.m. (219,971 sq.ft).The ground floor includes 1 no. café/restaurant/retail unit of 300 sq.m (3,229 sq.ft.) and 1 no. café/restaurant/retail unit of 540 sq.m (5,812 sq.ft.) (with the potential for sub-division to 2 no. units), 1 no. entrance foyer and public reception onto Hawkins St and 1 no. public office entrance onto a new civic space.

Access to the two level basement will be via a ramp onto Poolbeg St, basement -2 contains 51 no. car parking spaces and associated plant and basement -1 contains 204 no. cycle spaces and associated shower & toilet facilities, plant area and a public office accessed from ground level of approx. 700sq.m. (7,534 sq.ft.) Cycle access to the basement will be via a dedicated, access controlled cycle stair accessed from Poolbeg St.Roof terraces are provided on the south, west and north elevations at sixth floor level and on the north elevations at seventh and eighth floor levels.

The development will also consist of a new civic space between Poolbeg St and Hawkins St including proposed hard and soft landscaping features and an illuminated boundary treatment between the site and the adjoining Screen Cinema/College House site.

Apollo House Planning Information:

The proposed development consists of the demolition of the existing Apollo House located on Tara St and Poolbeg St, Dublin 2 and the construction of a commercial office building ranging in height from 5 storeys to 12 storeys (including one level of plant). The total gross internal area of this building will be circa 17,415 sq.m. (187,453 sq.ft.). The ground floor includes office entrance and foyer of 245sq.m (2,637 sq.ft.), 2 no. café/restaurant/retail units 160 sq.m (1,722 sq.m) & 390 sq.m (4,198 sq.ft.) respectively and 1 no. bar/café/restaurant unit of 460sq.m. (4,951 sq.ft.).

Access to the two level basement will be via a ramp onto Townsend St, basement -2 contains 40 no. car parking spaces and associated plant and basement -1 contains 174 no cycle spaces and associated shower & toilet facilities, plant area and 2 no. ancillary storage spaces of approx. 280sq.m (3,014 sq.ft.) and 60sq.m. (646 sq.ft.). Cycle access to the basement will be via a dedicated, access controlled cycle stair accessed from the new civic space.

Roof terraces are provided on the west and south elevation at tenth floor level, on the south and east elevations at eighth floor level and on the south elevations at sixth floor levels. The development will also consist of a new civic space onto Poolbeg St including proposed hard and soft landscaping features.

The members of the shared Design Team are as follows:

  • Architects:
      • Henry J Lyons, lead architect.
      • MOLA for Public Realm and Urban Design
  • Project Manager & Planning Consultant: Brady Shipman Martin
  • Civil Structural Engineers: Cronin & Sutton
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consultants: Arup Consulting Engineers.Landscape & Public Realm: Mitchell & Associates
  • Quantity Surveyors: Scollard Doyle
  • Fire Consultant: .Maurice Johnson & Partners

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