New block of student housing up against opposition

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The proposed accommodation would allow for up to 257 more bedrooms for students in Dublin

Plans for a new block of student housing in Dublin’s city centre has been put under the microscope due to the opposition of the demolishing of an old bakery.

Five blocks are due to be demolished on Parnell Street, which are expected to be built up to eight stories high to facilitate student accommodation.

The proposed accommodation would allow for up to 257 more bedrooms for students in Dublin. It will be located directly across from  491 beds in the Kavanagh Court student scheme.

The building of this new accommodation facility is now causing opposition as the historic Dublin bakery, St Peter’s Bakery, would be partially demolished.

Housing complexes of over 100 houses or more than 200 student rooms apply for planning directly to the board and skipping over the local authority, according to the Strategic Housing Development system.

“The entire site is protected, one could argue that the industrial bakery buildings are protected and that the Edwardian office building is within the curtilage of same, rather than the other way around,” said Ray McAdam, a Fine Gael councillor.

All surrounding buildings of the bakery are set to be demolished other than the bakery itself, which has been protected for conservation.

It is said that buildings and architecture such as these should be only demolished under “exceptional circumstances.”

According to the conservation architect, the buildings behind the bakery are not of any “particular importance” and “their replacement is not of particular conservation concern.”

There has also been concerns raised among Dublin City Councillors as to the height of the new student complexes, as they believe they would dominate and overlook the current apartments that exist there.

Mannix Flynn, an Independent councillor, stated that it was an “appalling plan.”

“This is absolute vandalism and destruction of a unique part of the city and a unique heritage site,” he said.

St. Peter’s Bakery designed by Charles Herbert Ashworth and built by CJ Crampton circa 1906. It was running for over 100 years before moving to Parnell Street and closing in 1972.

 

Ellen Fitzpatrick

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