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Dublin Towers Rejected. Sort Of.

In a flurry of activity Dublin City Council has ruled on a series of proposed tower applications.

The 132 metre tall proposal by Henning Larsen Architects and developer Sean Dunne for Landsdowne Road in Dublin 4 would have had 37 floors was refused by councillors because it broke the city's development plan but this decision is not as damaging as first impressions make appear.

Complicating the decision was the statement from planners that they would approve a revised application as long as no offices. The current proposals have 15% offices that will now have to be dropped if it is to go ahead with the final decision made by the planning board, not councillors.

What this means is that the tower planned for the site, the tallest in Dublin if built, has effectively got the thumbs up. This is a huge step for Dublin that is still more or less a high-rise free zone despite having gone through a massive economic boom over the past decade - the tallest building in the city is still the 66 metre tall St Patrick's Cathedral.

The second refusal was more outright. It was for the Digital Tower, a 67.3 metre building that would have sat in the heart of Dublin's creative district off Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

The glass and stone design by John Pardey Architects as part of a wider masterplan by HKR Architects for the developer P Elliot & Company was condemned as a project that would "seriously injure the residential amenities of the area" by Dublin's planning board.

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