Boland’s Mill Planning Application to be lodged

A planning application for the development of the Boland’s Mill site at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, will be submitted to Dublin City Council tomorrow (Wednesday the 3rd of December), by receivers Mark Reynolds and Glen Crann of Savills – the international real estate advisor. This planning application is funded by NAMA.

Boland’s Mill is the first major planning application to be submitted since the area was designated as a ‘Strategic Development Zone’ (SDZ) and is the largest proposed construction project for Dublin since the downturn.

The proposed development will provide 36,759 sq. m (approx. 395,000 sq ft) of office, residential, retail / café / restaurant and cultural / exhibition space. In addition, this new urban quarter will create civic streets and squares designed to bring a wealth of hitherto neglected and blanked-off heritage buildings into new active uses.

This landmark development will be characterised by three newly constructed signature buildings, two of which will consist of office accommodation and one with residential accommodation in the form of two and three-bedroom apartments.

Mark Reynolds, a Director at Savills, who is acting as the receiver, commented:

“Boland’s Mill is the most iconic and recognisable Dockland frontage sites in Dublin, therefore the design team – consisting of Savills, Burke-Kennedy Doyle Architects, John Spain Associates, ARUP, David Slattery Conservation Architects and Mitchell Associates – worked to ensure that the proposed development accords with the requirements of the SDZ Planning Scheme and that best conservation practice was adopted for the refurbishment of the protected structures on the site.”

He added:

“The design has been driven by the principles of delivering an environment of high architectural quality and sustainable design, set out by what is a very comprehensive Planning Scheme by Dublin City Council”.

“We have taken a careful conservation approach to the wealth of existing heritage buildings of character. In particular, care has been taken to actively integrate these buildings and their planned new uses into the new public realm and into new relationships with the proposed new buildings and the waterfront.”

The overall development costs for the Boland’s Mill project will be in excess of €150m. Subject to planning approval, enabling and demolition work will commence in 2015. When complete the scheme will accommodate 2,300 office workers.