The development shall consist of the demolition of nos. 42-43 Seville Place and nos. 15-16 Emerald Street, to include all basements and extensions and sheds to the rear, and the construction of a part two-storey, part three-storey school over basement, which shall incorporate the reinstated street elevation of no. 42 Seville Place. Access shall be from Seville Place. The works shall include the excavation and construction of a basement across the entirety of the site. Previously existing railings and front curtilage onto Seville Place shall be reinstated and a new section of railings and lightwell formed on Emerald Street. External open space shall be provided to the rear at ground floor level and a roof garden at second floor level. The works shall also include new connections to the existing foul, surface and mains water systems and all associated site works.
The site for the proposal consists of no’s 42 and 43 Seville Place and no’s 15-16 Emerald Street. These are all in a significant state of decay and are not habitable. Recently, Dublin City Council listed these buildings as dangerous structures, and as a result no. 15 Emerald Street was part-demolished and hoarded off. The proposed new use for the site is a Special School. This is an educational establishment to educate and care for children with behavioural difficulties. The principles of the composition of the new building are as follows:
To demolish all the dilapidated buildings on the site and replace with a new building.
The new building should maintain a similar streetscape to both Seville Place and Emerald Street
Be a suitable continuation of the form and scale of No’s 40 and 41 Seville Place, to re-complete this short terrace
Be a suitable continuation of the form and scale of Emerald Street existing terraced houses
To ‘resolve’ these 2 distinct streetscapes at the corner
For this corner resolution to be an opportunity to reflect the fact that the building use is a distinct non-residential, community/educational use
For the entrance and main focus of the school to be from Seville Place, the primary street, and for Emerald Street to be quieter and relatively more private. The new building is 3 storeys over basement along Seville Place and 2 storeys over basement along Emerald Street. On Seville Place the 2nd floor accommodation is located behind a pitched slate roof immediately next to the existing building at 41 Seville Place. The entrance is positioned facing Seville Place and is accessible to all users of the building. The total floor area is approximately 800m2, and the building and basement occupy the entire site.
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