Plans unveiled to build Dublin's tallest commercial building

Plans will be lodged today for what developers hope will be Dublin's tallest office building.

Plans unveiled to build Dublin's tallest commercial building

Plans will be lodged today for what developers hope will be Dublin's tallest office building.

The 73-metre high block would be located at the Point Village, along the northside entrance to the Docklands.

The Elysian apartment block in Cork City stands at 81m, including its spire.

The 17 storey, €80m 'Exo' project is being funded by Nama, and could accommodate 2,000 workers.

Some 350 construction jobs could also be created during the building phase, which its estimated would take two years.

The 'Exo' name is a reference to the proposed building's “exoskeleton” external support structure.

Joint Receivers Stephen Tennant & Paul McCann of Grant Thornton will lodge the planning application.

Grant Thornton also announced today that Starbucks, Eddie Rockets, Piano Plus and several other retailers have entered into leases to open stores within The Point Village Centre and who are due to commence opening in early 2016.

Stephen Tennant from Grant Thornton said: "The Point Village has the potential to become Dublin’s newest commercial, entertainment and leisure hub.

"The economic downturn stalled its progress, but due to the strong demand for quality office and retail space in Dublin, it is now the opportune time to recommence development of a new commercial and entertainment hub.”

Brendan McDonagh, Chief Executive of Nama said: "This is part of the extensive land area within the SDZ connected with Nama and we look forward to supporting further significant planning and development projects within the SDZ over the remainder of this year and into 2016.

"Nama is committed to facilitating the delivery of the SDZ Scheme objectives, in particular the provision of new employment and residential accommodation and is working closely with Dublin City Council to achieve this.”

Roland O’Connell, Chairman, Savills Ireland and Mark Smyth, Senior Director, CBRE said: "With renewed interest in the Docklands, both north and south, as a result of the new SDZ planning framework, planned new infrastructure in the shape of new footbridges linking the north and south dockland areas, and recent development and commercial activity, The Point Village has witnessed a significant increase in footfall over the past 18 months.

"As a result, numerous high-profile office occupiers and retailers have been enquiring about accommodation at the Point Village.

"The proposed construction of The Exo in addition to other planned development – will only serve to increase that demand."

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