U2 centre on Hanover Quay could now be the sweetest thing

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The height of a proposed visitor centre dedicated to U2 has been significantly reduced after Dublin City Council cited “serious concerns”.

In August, the council put plans for the centre on Hanover Quay on hold due to the height of the proposed build, which was originally expected to be 14.4m high.

An objection was also lodged by 63 nearby apartment residents, who claimed that the original plans would have resulted in the overshadowing of their apartments.

Now, the band are proposing a 2.34m reduction in the height of the centre in an attempt to “eliminate any potential impact on the quality of natural daylight reaching the buildings directly behind, or any properties within the vicinity”.

The architects behind the project, ODAA, say that the reduction in height “has been achieved without undermining the attempt of the original concept”.

An independent light analysis of the new height of the building was undertaken by the 3D
Design Bureau, which says that the exhibit centre meets “all the criteria as set out in the BRE guidelines for impact to daylight and sunlight”.

The analysis also says: “The proposed development would not result in any significant impact on the level of daylight or sunlight received in the firstfloor windows [of the apartment block] behind the centre.”

The development by U2’s MHEC company and Paddy McKillen Snr’s Golden Brook LTD is to include a recreation of the band’s original studio and other various exhibit areas themed around different aspects of the band’s foundation, such as ‘Larry’s Kitchen’.

Visitor experience consultants, Real Studios, detailed in findings submitted to Dublin City Council that the centre should expect a peak figure of 3,000 visitors per day, but stresses that this level of foot traffic is “not the norm”.

They say that the peak level is usually reached at the highest level “over a few weeks at the height of summer”.

There have been seven submissions in favour of the proposal, and 12 objections lodged against.

A decision on the application is due in February.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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