Foster + Partners has won the competition to design the new U2 Tower in Dublin – the replacement for an abandoned, high-rise waterfront scheme controversially ditched back in February.
The practice landed the project after the consortium, led by developer Geranger and made up of Ballymore Properties, Patrick McKillen, and members of the band U2, was named as ‘provisional preferred bidder’ for the site by landowner the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA).
The appointment is the latest twist in a long-running and often contentious saga surrounding the proposed tower, which goes back at least four years.
In 2003, Dublin-based Craig Henry Architects and Burdon Dunne Architects scooped the high-profile contest to design an 80m-tall building which – like the current proposals – was to include a recording studio for the Irish rock band on the top two floors.
However, earlier this year it emerged that those plans had been scrapped and that the DDDA had asked four different developers – with new architects – to come up with fresh designs for the scheme or to find ways of reworking the winning designs (‘U2 Tower’ designs to be binned).