Planning Approved for €20m Student Accommodation, Parnell Street

An Bord Pleanála have granted SP Bakery Limited planning permission to build a €20m five block, student accommodation ranging up to eight storeys high on Parnell Street. Dublin.

Approved through the fast-track planning process, this strategic housing development located on the east end of Parnell Street will provide 257 student beds.

The apartments will be built in blocks ranging from four storeys at Parnell Street to eight storeys at the northern perimeter of the site close to Temple Lane. All the existing buildings on site are planned for demolition, except the early 20th century offices of St Peter’s Bakery which face on to Parnell Street.

The applicants plan to renovate the bakery office building, a protected structure designed by Charles Herbert Ashworth and built by prolific Dublin builder CJ Crampton in 1906.

CGI Consultants, 3D Design Bureau worked closely with DTA Architects to produce aerial photo montagesverified view montages and architectural CGIs to ensure that this sensitive site did not impede on the busy surrounding area which played a part in the planning application process.

Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation
Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation

Full Details: 

Project Name: €20m Student Accommodation, Parnell Street, Dublin.

Planning stage: Planning Granted

Planning Authority: Dublin City Council

Planning Reference: ABPREF303615

Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation
Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation

Deep Dive into Project

21st May 2019: Sp Bakery Limited, Co. Dublin have received fast track planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the development will consist of:

Restoration and conservation works to the existing protected structure of the ‘Former Bakery’ (RPS Ref: 6421), and the replacement of its non-original mansard roof with a new set back floor at 4th storey (3 rd floor) level; The demolition of the remaining buildings on the site (c. 4,074.62 sqm) and the construction of a purpose built student accommodation scheme extending to a gross floor area of circa 8,265 sqm comprising:

• 257 no. student bed spaces within 237 no. bedrooms, provided by a combination of 26 no. studios and 32 no. cluster type apartments across 5 no. blocks with 5 no. disabled access rooms;
• Blocks ranging in height from 4 no. storeys at Parnell Street, to 7 no. storeys in the centre of the site, and part 6, part 7 and part 8 no. storeys at the site’s northern perimeter (appearing as 4, 5, and 6 no. storeys to Temple Lane North);
• Block A (a protected structure) (4 no. storeys) extends to c. 639 sqm and consists of ancillary areas comprising a reception area, offices and storage at basement & ground floor level with accessible student accommodation on upper floors;
• Significant conservation, restoration and reinstatement works at Block A;
• Block A is connected to Block B to the rear via a glazed link replacing the non-original external staircase currently occupying this position to include a new stair and lift core;
• Block B (5 no. storeys) extends to c. 624 sqm and includes a coffee bar at ground floor level with student accommodation on upper floors;
• Block C (part 6 no. storeys, part 7 no. storeys) occupies a central location on the site and extends to c. 2,626 sqm, including internal amenity space in the form of a reading and study area, games room and media area;
• Block C, extending to c. 3,443 sqm, is connected to Block D (part 7, part 8 no. storeys; appearing as part 5, part 6 no. storeys to Temple Lane North) via a pedestrian footbridge at first floor level;
• Block D includes amenity & facilities in the form of a lounge, gym, and laundrette at second floor level;
• Block E (6 no. storeys; appearing as 4 no. storeys to Temple Lane North) extends to the west of Block D comprising c. 933 sqm including refuse storage at basement level and an ESB substation and switch room at ground level to Temple Lane North;
• Block D to Temple Lane North is setback by circa 3 meters from the existing building line at Temple Lane North;
• Access is provided via a controlled gate at the existing archway at Block A, with 1 no. accessible parking space for short term use located adjacent to Block B;
• A secondary entrance is provided at Temple Lane North via at a double height opening to facilitate fire tender access;
• A total of 133 no. secure bicycle parking spaces are provided across the site; Circa 2,101 sqm of external amenity space is provided across the site in the form of 2 no. landscaped courtyards at ground level and 2 no. roof gardens at Block C (sixth floor level) & Block D (seventh floor level); with circa 356 sqm of internal amenity space provided;
• Linear landscaped courtyards are provided within lightwells located adjacent to the northern elevation of Block D;
• All ancillary drainage, associated infrastructure and site development works are included, with solar PV panels located at roof level at Blocks D & E;
• It is proposed that the development will be used for tourist or visitor accommodation outside of academic term times, in accordance with the definition of student accommodation.

Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation
Architectural CGI of Parnell Street student accommodation

Development team:

Promotor – Sp Bakery Limited: are based in Dublin, Ireland.

Architect – DTA Architects: DTA Architects, led by Derek Tynan and Niall Rowan, is a design oriented practice with a commitment to and reputation for quality of architectural design and client service at all stages from initial brief definition, conceptual design, feasibility studies and master-planning, to the delivery of completed building projects

Planning consultant – John Spain Associates: JSA are a leading planning and development consultancy firm and offer services in a wide variety of different types of planning projects throughout Ireland.

Planning Consultant – Lindsay Conservation Architects:

Consulting Engineer – Casey O’Rourke and Associates: CORA Consulting Engineers is a Dublin based structural engineering practice established in 2006 and has built it’s reputation on innovative thinking and structural engineering solutions. The practice has more than 20 staff serving the requirements of it’s Clients.