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New 100m Tall Proposed For Dublin

The Irish capital may be set to get another tower with the announcement by developer and entrepreneur Harry Crosbie of a 700 million Euro scheme at ‘Point Village’ next to North Wall Quay in the burgeoning docklands area in Dublin.

The 32 storey project has been worked on by architect Scott Tallon Walker and will reach 100metres in height. There are grand plans for the 12 acre area surrounding that the tower will overlook.

These include a hotel containing 220 bedrooms, 200 apartments, a 12 screen cinema, new office space, retail space totalling 9,290 square metres and parking underground for 1,250 cars. All of this will front on to a major new square that the tower will dominate.

The other major component of the scheme will be the modification of arena that currently occupies some of the site. It can presently accommodate an audience of about 7,000 but the developer plans to increase this substantially to over 14,000 plus construct a second smaller venue that will seat 2,000 people.

This is only the latest part of the intensification of the area includes numerous other projects such as the nearby 19 storey Merchant's Gate and the U2 Tower on Britain Quay on the opposite side of the Liffey which is currently experiencing design revisions.

It is hoped by the architects that when combining Point Village with the U2 Tower on opposite sides of the bank that a new gateway on Dublin's leading waterway will be created to both welcome and impress visitors. However, the design quality has already been criticised by some as being far from landmark thanks to the conservatism it displays and the fact that it lacks the daringness of it's potential opposite number.

This lack of finesse in the design may not be an issue as the location of the project appears to put it inside the north docks area meaning that the Dublin Docklands Development authority simply has to decide the project is suitable for it to go ahead without experiencing the planning system that exists in the rest of Dublin.

The anticipated strain of traffic that the intensification of the area would bring is already being accounted for in the planning and construction of transport and infrastructure links between the Point and central Dublin. This includes the Dublin Port Tunnel that is set to open in 2006, plus the proposed Tallaght Luas line that the developers hope will link the scheme to the city centre.

There are already a number of 32 floor towers that Dublin has seen worked on lately. These include the recently approved Heuston Gate and the proposed building at 35-35A Barrow Street raising the prospect that just as there was once a 60m height limit in Dublin there is now an informal 32 floor guidance that developers are sticking to as the maximum acceptable height for their proposals.

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