Permission Sought To Add Extension To Dublin's Conrad Hotel
The owner of the Dublin's Conrad Hotel, Archer Hotel Capital, has lodged plans with Dublin City Council to add an extension to the hotel.
As reported by The Irish Times, Archer Hotel Capital, which is a specialist European hotel investment vehicle that purchased the Conrad for €115 million in 2019, is seeking permission to an eight storey extension to the property that would increase the number of rooms at the hotel by 88 to 280.
The "significant investment" would reportedly also include a two-level rooftop terraced bar, a new façade for the property and a wellness centre.
In addition to an eight storey extension, the proposal reportedly includes adding an extra floor to the existing hotel to increase its number of storeys to nine.
The proposed development would reportedly increases the Conrad's gross floor area from 14,405 square metres to 20,486 square metres overall.
Architects for the proposed development, BKD, have reportedly told Dublin City Council that the proposed development "will create a world class five-star hotel", and reportedly said that its eighth floor terrace, which would reportedly be accessed by a ‘feature’ glass lift, would provide "a great viewing platform for the city and surroundings for tourists".
Irish Life, New Ireland Assurance and IBI Property Nominees Ltd, which are joint owners of St. Stephen's Green House, which is located to the immediate north of the Conrad hotel, have reportedly expressed concerns about the proposed development.
Sheehan Planning reportedly told Dublin City Council in a submission on behalf of Irish Life, New Ireland Assurance and IBI Property Nominees Ltd that while its clients are generally supportive of the proposed development, they do have serious concerns relating to certain aspects of it.
The concerns reportedly relate to the potential loss of light to Green House as a result of the proposed development, the separation distance between the proposed redeveloped Conrad and Green House, and potential demolition/construction safety and structural impacts.
Sheehan Planning reportedly said that "adequate daylight is very important for our client and for their tenants, and they are particularly concerned about the impacts and the potential need for artificial light during daylight hours".
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