ESB Headquarters

Client

ESB

Location

Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin 2

Involvement

2011 – Ongoing

Architect

Grafton Architects, O'Mahony Pike Architects, Shaffrey Associates

Description

Obtain Planning Permission to demolish and replace the existing ESB Headquarters office blocks and to convert adjacent Georgian Structures to a mix of residential and office use, within an exceptionally sensitive site in the South Georgian City. The ESB Headquarters site is one of Dublin’s key sites of interest in terms of 20th Century town planning and conservation.
The existing office block fronting onto Fitzwilliam Street Lower was designed by the Stephenson Gibney partnership and its construction required the demolition of 16 Georgian houses in 1965, a matter of great controversy at the time and since.
The redevelopment required a change to the City Development Plan policy which required any redevelopment to facilitate the reinstatement of the facades of the 16 demolished structures.

Our Role

Planning advisors to ESB on the nature and extent of the development and on how best to prepare a bespoke and comprehensive Planning Application, including potential issues with Development Plan policy.
Tom Phillips + Associates (TPA) led all planning aspects of the proposal, prepared the Planning Application documents and co-ordinated the associated Environmental Impact Statement. TPA also managed the RFI Response and Dublin City Council issued a Notification of Decision to Grant Planning Permission on 26th January 2015.
That Decision proposed a reduction in height of a number of blocks and TPA prepared a comprehensive First Party Appeal to An Bord Pleanála (against this height reduction) and co-ordinated the Response Submission to planning issues raised the Third Party Appeals. TPA also provided strategic planning advice in respect of the subsequent Oral Hearing held in June 2015.

Planning Outcome

An Bord Pleanála issued a Final Grant for the scheme as proposed by the applicant in the RFI Response to Dublin City Council on 14th September 2015,