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Austin-Smith:Lord wins green light for Dublin station overhaul

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Planning officials have approved a €100 million (£87 million) high-capacity railway station scheme in Dublin city centre featuring a 12-storey tower by Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL)

The 20,990m² development, which includes a new concourse above Tara Street, will boost the rail hub’s passenger capacity from 25,000 a day to 14,500 per hour during peak times.

The landmark, 50m-tall tower will be just nine metres shorter than Ireland’s first sky-scraper, Liberty Hall, which is directly across the River Liffey.

According to the Liverpool-based practice, the plans are ‘sympathetic towards the historic features of the existing concourse’, and will retain much of the 19th century railway arches and platform walls.

Richard Cronin, a director at ASL, which has overseen similar projects at Manchester’s Oxford Road station and Liverpool Lime Street, said the new station ‘will be a striking addition to the city’s skyline but one that will sit comfortably alongside the existing structures.’


Architects: Austin-Smith:Lord
Location: Dublin
Type Of Project: Transport (Rail)
Structural Engineers: AECOM
Project Architect: Austin-Smith:Lord
Client: Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail)
Funding: Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail)
Tender date: Not confirmed
Start on site date: Not confirmed
Contract duration: Not confirmed
Gross internal floor area: 20,990m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Not confirmed
Total cost: Not available
M&e consultant: AECOM
Quantity surveyor: AECOM
Planning supervisor: to be confirmed
Lighting consultant: AECOM
Main contractor: Not confirmed
Annual co2 emissions: Not yet known


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