Plans to demolish Kiely’s pub in Donnybrook to make way for a mixed-use development has been given the go ahead by Dublin City Council. This decision comes despite the 115 objections made against the proposed development.
Plans have been lodged for the construction of a luxury 5-star hotel and conference centre in County Meath. The 104-bedroom hotel is being proposed for the 180-acre walled demesne Bective House overlooking the Boyne, located midway between Trim and Navan.
The project involves the reinstatement and change of use to hotel accommodation of the existing Bective House which is a protected structure. In addition to the restoration of the existing structure, a new glazed block will be constructed that will link to the concourse of the hotel buildings. It will contain a restaurant, spa, gym, and a swimming pool. A new structure will be constructed within the site’s walled garden which will contain a café.
Some of the feature rooms that will be restored in Bective House include a ballroom, drawing room, sitting room, morning room, lounge, study, reception rooms, and numerous bedrooms. The east wing overlooks the gardens and leads to views of a 4km stretch of the River Boyne.
Outside there is a walled garden, a tennis court, and an enclosed courtyard to the rear of the main house, as well as a stable block across the north avenue. There is a gardener’s cottage – completely refurbished and extended, more than 200sq m (2,500sq ft) of mostly a new build. There are additional buildings in the courtyard which will be resorted in planning permission is approved. The lands were originally part of nearby Bective Abbey. Between the house and the abbey lie the ruins of Clady church and graveyard with a small twin-arched footbridge.
If approved, the existing farming and equine industry activities will remain in situ.
The 150-year-old Bective House’s previous occupiers have included a polo-playing, cavalry officer as well as the families of literary figures. The cavalry officer John Watson was one of the most famous equestrian sportsmen of his day. He is credited with devising the rules which form the basis of the modern-day game of polo. He lived at Bective House on his return from India in 1891 and died there in 1908. After that, the estate became the childhood home of novelist James Stern. A wealthy American businessman Charles Sumner Bird later bought Bective House and appointed Tom Lavin, father of the writer Mary Lavin as his estate manager. Mary Lavin’s first collection of short stories Tales from Bective Bridge (1942) was inspired here.
CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau, liaised with the development team to provide both 3D planning and 3D marketing solutions. 3D Design Bureau produced a total of 10 verified view montages, 13 architectural CGIs, and 1 aerial photomontage, which was submitted to Meath County Council.
Bective House Full Project Details:
Project Name: 5-Star Hotel at Bective House.
Location: Bective House & Demesne, Balgill, Navan C15 X967, Co. Meath
Estimated Value (CIS Ireland): €19.6m
Planning Stage: Plans Submitted (26/02/2021)
Planning Authority: Meath County Council
Planning Documents: Meath County Council
Floor Area: 13,927 m2
Site Area: 71.39 ha
Hotel Bedrooms: 104
Developer: Bective Stud Limited are based in County Meath
Architect: John Flemming Architects have developed a diverse body of creative work. This work includes private one-off residential, multi-unit residential, commercial, hospitality/leisure and retail projects, as well as student residences and large-scale master planning exercises
Civil Engineer: Waterman Moylan are experts in civil, structural, transportation, mechanical, and electrical engineering as well as sustainability and construction-related health and safety consultancy
Consulting Engineer: CORA Consulting Engineers are a Dublin-based structural engineering practice established in 2006 and have built their reputation on innovative thinking and structural engineering solutions.
Landscape Consultant: Hayes Ryan Landscape Architecture who works with public, commercial, leisure, healthcare, and discerning private clients.
CGI Consultants: 3D Design Bureau – are specialists in architectural visualisation, BIM, and VR – delivering quality design planning and marketing solutions. For this project, 3D Design Bureau produced a total of 10 verified view montages, 13 architectural CGIs, and 1 aerial photomontage, which was submitted to Meath County Council. They are based in Dublin, Ireland.