North Docklands - On the Rise !

#41 … n-landings

Very interesting and impressive development started next to the site for the new Headquarters of the Central Bank.


Latest updates from todays Irish Times.

Twelve cranes were located north of the Liffey – a rise of two or 20 per cent on last month – while this number could be set to rise rapidly as clearance work is proceeding at a number of substantial sites in the north docklands.
The first of these, the former “Tedcastles” site on North Wall Quay close to the Point Depot, is to accommodate a seven to nine-storey over-basement office development of 38,137sq m (410,503sq ft) in two linked blocks. One of these blocks will be accessed from Point Square and a new north-south street to run from North Wall Quay to Sheriff Street Upper.

Another large site, this time between the new Central Bank building and PwC offices at Spencer Dock, is also being cleared as the wraps come off restoration works on the former British Rail hotel which will front a substantial mixed-use scheme designed by architects Henry J Lyons at Spencer Place.
The listed hotel, which was last in use as offices for Irish Rail, is to be connected to a new eight-storey building to create a 168-bedroom hotel spread over 8,243sq m (88,727sq ft). Also included in this development is a nine-storey office block of 21,255sq m (228,787sq ft) and a seven-storey 15,925sq m (171,415sq ft) building with office, retail and community uses.
Next door to the former British Rail hotel is the North Wall Quay railway station which is included in plans for Dart Underground. The first of two new pedestrian areas planned to cross the Liffey is to be built in front of the station.
Both the British Railway Hotel and the North Wall railway station were significant departure points for emigrants and Irish volunteers bound for the trenches in the first World War. They were, in fact, the last buildings many set foot in on Irish soil given that their ships left from the nearby quays.
New headquarters
Meanwhile, construction work has started on the VHI’s new headquarters behind the Abbey Theatre. Designed by architects McCauley Daye O’Connell, part of the structure will be over the former Scots Presbyterian church hall on Abbey Street in Dublin 1.


Notable by its absence - any residential building at all (unless I’ve misread - still working on my first coffee…).


There are apartments included in the Dublin Landings and extension to Spencer Dock Developments , in addition there are 2 blocks of Student Accommodation due for completion in 2018 next to the Gibson Hotel. This is a good mix given that the area is very much a part of Dublin’s C.B.D.


More for today’s Irish Times

Dublin Port plans to ‘reorder area’ to open up to city
Aim is to ‘soften hard edge’ between Port Centre and still-developing north Docklands.

Dublin Port, for long a nearly enclosed semi-industrial estate at the eastern end of Docklands, is planning to open up to the city with an imaginative scheme to reorder the entire area around its own headquarters off East Wall Road.
Project manager Jim Kelleher, who was responsible for the outstanding Diving Bell restoration on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, says the aim is to “soften the hard edge” between Port Centre and the still-developing north Docklands area.
Port Centre, designed by Scott Tallon Walker and completed in 1981, has been marooned behind a stone wall that extends all along the east side of the heavily trafficked East Wall Road, which is extremely hostile to pedestrians.
Standing six storeys high on a podium, the new building replaced the port’s old headquarters at the Ballast Office, on the corner of Aston Quay and Westmoreland Street, which in turn was demolished and replaced by a half-hearted “replica”.

An architectural competition in 2014 led to Darmody Architects winning the commission to create a significant public space around Port Centre, including removal of parts of the unlisted stone boundary wall dating from the 1880s.
Principal architect Tim Darmody says his scheme is “all about port-city integration”, with an impressive set of gates on East Wall Road leading to a plaza in front of the port company’s headquarters and a landscaped “garden” to the south of it.
A new boundary made from pre-rusted Corten steel panels will replace the late 19th-century stone wall at southern end of the two-acre site, with a relocated 10-tonne Stothert & Pitt crane, dating from the 1950s, rearing up above the new wall.
This dramatic installation will be “painted, illuminated, celebrated”, as Jim Kelleher says, as a totem for Dublin Port and its history, clearly visible to motorists driving north across the East Link Bridge towards the Port Tunnel and M50 motorway.
Separately, Dublin City Council is planning to remove the roundabout on the north side of the bridge, replacing it with a set of traffic lights, and “reorder” East Wall Road to make it less intimidating and more attractive to pedestrians and cyclists.
The €5.3 million scheme to open up Dublin Port to the city, scheduled for completion next autumn, will tie in with plans to relocate visiting cruise liners from the nether end of its vast estate to a pair of new berths just east of the bridge.
Dublin Port Company is also planning a 3km “great green line” – in the words of its dynamic chief executive, Eamon O’Reilly – along the northern fringe of the port, providing a new recreational route for cyclists and pedestrians to discover. It would, in effect, form an extension to the “S2S” (Sutton to Sandycove) cycle route, which is taking years to implement. The port company also has plans for a pedestrian and cycle overbridge at Promenade Road, leading into the port area.


Sounds expensive.


its almost 2017 and long past the time to move on and deal with the todays Dublin


Yet another derelict site about to be transformed. Planning Permission lodged to demolish the disused Hales Freight Warehouse which occupies the site at 86 - 88 North Wall Quay and extends out to Mayor St Upper . There is going to be a lot of building work in the area for the next while.

David Carson of Deloitte, Statutory Receiver of Crossman Properties Limited (In Receivership), intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site. The development consists of the demolition of the former Hales Freight building with a total GFA of approximately 1,846 sq.m and all associated and ancillary site development works. The development does not include sub surface demolition. The application relates to a proposed development within a Strategic Development Zone Planning Scheme area.

The sale was reported in the Sunday Busines Post a few months back:

Tiny sliver of Dublin docklands sells for over €100 million per acre
86-88 North Wall Quay Pic: DublinDocklands.ie86-88 North Wall Quay
Former Hales Freight site bought for a price of some €26 million

A small strip of Dublin docklands land has been sold for an historically high price of more than €100 million per acre, according to sources in the property sector.

The quarter-acre former Hales Freight site at 86-88 North Wall Quay in Dublin has been acquired for a price of some €26 million, the sources said.


C.I.E. to Develope area around Connolly Station

CIE is kick-starting a huge development beside Connolly Station in Dublin that will cost tens of millions of euro to complete.
The State-owned transport group received planning permission in 2012 for a scheme on a 3.2 hectare site that will include a 110-bedroom hotel, apartments and office space. CIE has dubbed the project the Connolly Quarter Development.
It has just initiated a long-awaited process to hire a property agency that will be used to help find a development partner for the project.

The 10-year planning permission secured by CIE in 2012 was for 13 buildings, providing almost 82,000 sq m (883,000 sq ft) of mixed-use space.
Apart from the six-storey hotel, there will also be 106 apartments and 50,000 sq m (540,000 sq ft) of office space. There will be underground parking for 550 cars and a museum.

The project had been put on hold after planning approval was secured, due to the downturn.
But now there is significant demand for office space, hotel rooms and residential accommodation in the capital.

The single largest office space element of the scheme is an up to seven-storey, 13,450 sq m (145,000 sq ft) block at the junction of Seville Place and a new street that will be constructed which will link Seville Place and Sheriff Street Lower.
CIE had said in 2015 that it planned to seek a development partner for the Connolly Station project by the end of that year.

That same year, CIE hired Lisney to find a partner to develop a 22-storey office block behind Tara Street train station in Dublin.
CIE had indicated that it was prepared to either grant a 300-year ground lease or take 10pc of the annual rental income from the proposed building.

Developer Johnny Ronan won the contract, and has teamed up with Cardinal Capital to build the office project, which will be known as the Aqua Vetro Tower. It’s set to be Dubln’s tallest building.
“CIE is now proposing to bring the site to market by way of development agreement, which is a model used previously by CIE most recently on sites at Tara Street and at Kent Station, Cork,” the group said in a request for tender published this week for the Connolly Station project.

“Initially the proposed structure of the development agreement will be scoped out in the context of the various practical and operational constraints of the site, which is expected to be followed by a proposal to the board of CIE for the marketing of the site,” it added.
“If marketing is approved by the board of CIE, the outcome of the marketing will be assessed and a recommendation to enter a development agreement may be made to the board of CIE.”

The agent that will be hired by CIE is expected to provide advice on the value of the huge site, and also on the impact of operational constraints and the “phasing of the release of lands”.
It will also be responsible for devising and managing the marketing campaign for the project.


Facebook plans to almost double its workforce in Dublin after confirming it has signed a deal for an additional office building in the city.
The move means that almost 10,000 of Dublin city’s industrial jobs will soon be provided by two companies - Facebook and Google.
It could also spark a new property boom in Dublin’s East Wall area, where the tech giant’s new facility will be located.

Facebook’s Irish boss, Gareth Lambe, says its new property in Dublin’s north docklands has space for 800 additional staff.
Facebook currently employs 1,600 people in its Grand Canal Square premises, but expects to fill that over the next 12 months.

"In our existing building, we have the capacity for 2,000 people.
“But we have now reached over 1,600 and we’re growing so fast that it’s filling up, so we’ve taken space for another 800 desks in a new building in East Wall with growth over the next few years in mind,” he said.

Mr Lambe, who also runs sales forecasting and other strategic functions for Facebook across Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, added: "Over the next number of years, if the business and platform continue to grow, we expect to continue to grow pretty substantially in Ireland.
“It’s by far our largest footprint of any country in the world outside our Silicon Valley headquarters.”

Mr Lambe said the Dublin operation’s success is the reason for extra investment from Facebook. “The business is growing pretty dramatically. Our last earnings showed growth of over 50pc year on year,” he said.
“When you’re growing users and business as fast as that, we [in Ireland] need to scale up. We’ve been very successful here in Ireland at delivering results for Facebook. So we continue to get investment.”
Irish Independent


Interesting - I had heard Facebook were thinking of Sandyford. That will be a big relief to the employees that I know - they weren’t keen on Sandyford at all. Lets home that somebody builds some houses for the new workers. Plenty of redundant land in the city - perhaps if the private sector won’t build the state could compulsoraly purchase the land and get the houses built?



The Irish state who is known worldwide for being a sleek and efficient operator should be deliver 2-3 bed homes in the city centre for a little over €1m each :wink:

Who needs CPOs when the state already owns the majority of under-utilised land in the city.


Any notion what all these staff are doing for Facebook?

Is it high end engineering roles or something different?


It’s usually multilingual sales and customer service with most staff imported and on contract. A small amount of R&D so you can attribute IP licensing to the Irish company. That’s the standard tax avoidance formula anyway.


the employees wont need accomodation, they’ll be living in the premesis 24 hours a day


Dublin will not be a serious destination for **the very high-paying end **of industries like tech or finance.

Marginal and average tax rates are very high at that level.

Other non-wage factors probably play a bigger part. There is a very illiquid market for unfurnished rentals and very little security of tenure. There is no proper international school, no private maternity hospital and public transport is poor quality.


Keep awaiting on the Irish private sector to provide good quality affordable accommodation so :smiley:


There is a proper international school that offers the IB, American Studies and everything. You just can’t get into it because everyone wants to :slight_smile:


Here’s how your socially liberal, uber-cool, uber-tolerant, tech companies operate: cleanse the slums.
given the origin of the companies, its all in-line with the background ideology

from Sept 2016: … properties


Actually it’s the landlords doing that. It’s simple supply and demand.