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Plot thickens over troubled 'U2 Tower'

Rafael Viñoly and Foster and Partners have been confirmed as among the practices in the running to take over the troubled U2 Tower and neighbouring Britain Quay developments in Dublin, Ireland.

A shortlist of developers has been drafted to take on the tower ( 'U2 Tower' designs to be binned ), but, in a bizarre twist, only two have revealed the architects that will be part of their teams.

Five developers have proceeded to the second stage of the tender process, namely Ballymore, Royal BAM Group, Treasury Holdings, Mountbrook Holmes and River II Partnership.

It is unknown why three of the developers have refused to unveil their architects, and it has still not been revealed who will be working with Viñoly or Foster.

The tender calls for each consortium to provide designs for the neighbouring Britain Quay but to stick to the original Craig Henry and Burdon Dunne designs for the so-called 'U2 Tower'.

However, it is unlikely any of the shortlisted teams will continue with the existing designs if successful.

A source close to one of the developers has already said: 'There's no way [the offices] expect to work on the original design - if they did they wouldn't enter.'

by Richard Vaughan

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