Plan to redevelop Clarence Hotel approved...
An ambitious plan to redevelop the Clarence Hotel on Dublin’s Wellington Quay has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.
The scheme, devised by architect Norman Fosteer, involves demolishing the hotel and adjoining buildings on the quay, retaining their façades and constructing a much larger hotel arranged around a dramatic atrium and topped by a flying saucer-style roof.
The owners of the hotel, who include U2's Bono and the Edge, welcomed the Bord’s decision in a statement this afternoon.
“We are delighted that An Bord Pleanala has given us the green light for Norman Foster's design for The Clarence. …We believe it's great news for Dublin and for Temple Bar in particular, where we've been working for over 20 years and where a hotel has been trading on The Clarence site for 177 years," it said.
The Department of the Environment, Local Government and Heritage had objected to the scheme, saying it could set a precedent for demolishing protected buildings in other areas of the city.
While existing legislation allows for the demolition of protected structures in exceptional circumstances, the Department argued that the scheme was not of such architectural merit as to meet the exceptional circumstances stipulation laid down by the legislation.
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Should be great!