PROTECTED STRUCTURE: The buildings on the site are a Protected Structure, identified on the Record of Protected Structure as Bank of Ireland Headquarters, 50-58 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 (Reference 370). The application site contains 3 no. buildings and are identified in the application as Buildings A, B and C. Building A is located to the rear (north) of the site and is bounded by James Street East to the west and James Place East to the north. Buildings B and C front Lower Baggot Street. This development affects buildings A, B and C. The proposed development does not alter the overall heights or dimensions of buildings B and C. Building A presently extends to nine storeys (including penthouse/plant). The proposed extension to Building A is also nine storeys (including new extended penthouse) with enclosed roof plant above. The development will consist of the following a) Demolition of the existing penthouse and roof plant enclosures on Building A; b) Extension to Building A in a northerly direction (towards James Place East) by one bay over nine storeys (including new extended penthouse and roof terrace areas) with enclosed roof plant above, at ground floor level in an easterly and westerly direction only and at lower ground floor level in a northerly direction; c) Podium / plaza works including i) new access ramps for universal access; ii) modifications to hard and soft landscaping and extension to podium in a northerly direction; iii) podium handrails and balustrades; iv) new ventilation grills and; v) new public lighting; d) Lower ground floor and basement works including i) Part change of use from car parking / plant areas at lower ground and basement levels to provide new tenant amenity facilities including gymnasium, locker, changing and shower areas, bicycle parking (c200 spaces), reduction of 25 car parking spaces and reconfiguration of remaining car parking spaces; ii) Alter existing fire escape to provide new entrance beneath podium at plaza level including new steps and mobility impaired access platform to provide pedestrian access between plaza and new tenant amenity facilities at lower ground floor level; iii) New pedestrian entrances to lower ground floor level off James Place East to new tenant amenity facilities; iv) reposition of existing pedestrian access from James Street east to improve pedestrian permeability; e) Facade works and modify ground floor facades including i) Raising level of glazing transom rail; ii) Reposition doorways including new swing / revolving door sets; iii) Relocation of ground floor gable-end screens and; iv) Replace plaster soffits with metal panel soffits. The development provides for the removal and storage of existing roof level plant room louvres on Building A, as well as curtain walling to the northern elevation to Building A for reinstallation as part of the proposed development and all associated site development works including new electricity sub-station beneath podium level, boundary treatment and landscaping works.
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