Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland




No. 26 (part of) to No. 31 York Street and Proud’s Lane, Dublin 2


December 2012 – December 2014


Henry J. Lyons Architects

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Henry J Lyons Architects


This site is located at No. 26 (part of) to No. 31 York Street and Proud’s Lane, Dublin 2, and part of the Ardilaun Centre, Cuffe Street, Cuffe Lane and St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2.
The New Academic Education Building (NAEB) is a major initiative by the RCSI in Ireland. The site located at York St, Dublin 2 is a sensitive brownfield site directly opposite the RCSI’s Headquarters. The RCSI has had a presence in this part of Dublin since 1810 and over time has accumulated a major urban landholding comprising an eclectic mix of architectural styles and vintage. These range from 18th Century protected structures to more contemporary buildings.
The subject site was a victim of the recession in that the brownfield site of c. 0.3718 hectares is a cleared site that had been the subject of initial substructure works largely comprising an abandoned basement. York St is a sensitive narrow street approximate to the architectural conservation area of St Stephen's Green and directly adjacent to protected structures.

Our Role

Tom Phillips + Associates (TPA) was employed to provide town planning services to the client, working closely Henry J Lyons Architects.
Our initial role was to formulate planning mechanisms by which a part-built scheme on a smaller site could be developed in conjunction with an expanded site to provide a contemporary academic building to supplement existing building stock, whilst respecting the site’s context adjacent to residential properties.
Our principal role involved the procurement of planning permission and the representation of the client following third party appeals to An Bord Pleanála. This involved significant liaison with the Planning Authority and with third parties led by local Councillors who were seeking significant public planning gain for the constituents.
TPA took an active role in the design process providing ongoing peer-review of the scheme architect’s proposals for the site and keeping the non-developer client appraised of the various potential routes that presented themselves, thereby allowing the client to make an informed decision based on the likely planning risks associated with the project.

Planning Outcome

Planning permission was granted on 23rd April 2014 and the foundation stone was laid on 15th May 2014.