I-Res plan to build 492 apartments on infamous Sandyford site
With the country slowly recovering from the recession, construction projects around the country are coming back on line and in particular in the metropolitan areas of the country, Dublin being a massive example. One such area that is seeing considerable activity is Sandyford, located quite close to our studio in South County Dublin. The area is experiencing a colossal increase in commercial, residential and mixed-use developments at the moment and it is safe to say it has certainly come out of the recession with all guns blazing. There are several schemes in varies stages of design, planning and construction and team3DDB has had the pleasure to work on a few of them recently.
I-Res are key-players in Ireland and are currently looking to increase the number of apartments in its Irish portfolio by almost 500, bringing its overall total to just under 2,900 units. In the last weeks, the company announced its submission of a planning application to Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council for a mixed-use development of 492 apartments. This will also include a retail and commercial space located at Rockbrook in Sandyford, south county Dublin.
On receiving planning for this development, I-Res will increase its capacity in the area to a total of 827 apartments with the company already owning 335 units in the completed section of the scheme. The surrounding area where the development will be built also houses the 14 storey iconic Sentinel Tower office block which was acquired separately by Galway-born developers, Luke and Brian Comer in 2012. The Sentinel in essence became the ‘beacon of the recession’ standing for all that could possibly go wrong within this sector. It stood tall for many years unfinished, a very visible landmark in the area and a constant reminder of the situation that the country was in. The building has still yet to be completed but it will be the centre piece of the space and a symbolic reminder once again of the positive steps we are taking in the regeneration of this great county. The proposed scheme which totals 492 apartments consists of 82 units would be one bedroom apartments and 410 would be two bedroom apartments divided into a total of three buildings. A crèche, retail and commercial space is also on the books.
3D Design Bureau were instructed by IRes to produce a full architectural visual impact assessment in the form of a series of accurate high-end verified view photomontages. A total of 16 medium to long range views were chosen from a full photographic survey carried out by the team. All chosen locations were fully surveyed and the proposed development superimposed into each shot to give an accurate representation of the proposed scheme and the impact, or lack thereof, it will have visually when constructed. All verified view montages will play a crucial role in the planning process which hopefully will lead to a successful outcome. I – Res are also busy in the area completing 68 apartments at Block B2B in Sandyford which is hoped to be completed by July 2017.
The construction sector has certainly picked up over the past 12months with areas like Sandyford undergoing massive redevelopment and transformation. Long may it continue.
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