07 Apr 2021 Construction commenced of Block F – 6 Story block of 76 apartments – 1 / 2 & 3 beds
Eastwise Construction Limited intend to apply to An Bord Pleanála for permission for a strategic housing development at a c. 2.73 ha (27,340 sq m) site at Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 (to be known as Hartfield Place). The site is bounded to the west by Swords Road, to the south by Highfield Hospital, to the north by vacant lands and GAA pitches and to the east by Beechlawn Nursing Home with residential development beyond. To facilitate the proposed development infrastructure works are also proposed to Swords Road including the installation of a 225mm diameter watermain connecting to an existing watermain located on Collins Avenue, the installation of a foul and a surface water mains connection to High Park in the north eastern corner of the site and a connection to the existing surface water main on Swords Road at the south western corner of the site. The proposed development also includes works to the adjacent road network including the introduction of a signalised fourth arm to the existing Swords Road / Iveragh Road junction with pedestrian crossings provided to all arms of the junction, to facilitate this one car parking space will be required to be removed along the western side of Swords Road and a new pedestrian refuge island will be provided on the southern arm of the junction. A right turn pocket is to be provided into the subject site on the northbound approach of Swords Road with a left turn filter lane provided on the southbound approach, shared with the bus lane. The proposed development also includes the relocation of the existing footpath (along Swords Road) eastwards and the provision of a grass verge at the location of the existing path and a cycle path along the western boundary of the subject site. The proposed infrastructure works and road network upgrade works are all on an area measuring c. 0.51 Ha, providing a total application site area of c.3.25 Ha (32,461 sq m).
The development will principally consist of 475 No. apartments and 1 No. café unit arranged in seven blocks and a separate purpose built creche facility. The total gross floor space of the development is 42,195 sq m plus 10,460 sqm at basement level principally providing car and bicycle parking, plant and bin stores. Block A is a part 5 No. to part 8 No. storey over basement block containing 61 No. apartments comprised of 5 No. studio units, 19 No. one bedroom units, 30 No. two bedroom units and 7 No. three bedroom units, 1 No café unit (99 sq m) and a communal amenity space including a reception area, meeting rooms and a lounge at ground floor level; the provision of a residents gym, yoga room and changing facilities at basement level; and the provision of a sun lounge and external garden terrace at sixth floor level. Block B is a part 5 No. to part 6 No. storey over basement block containing 78 No. apartments comprised of 15 No. studio units, 15 No. one bedroom units and 48 No. two bedroom units. Block C is a part 4 No. to part 6 No. storey over basement block containing 54 No. apartments comprised of 22 No. one bedroom units, 31 No. two bedroom units and 1 No. three bedroom unit. Block D is a part 7 No. to part 8 No. storey over basement block containing 76 No. apartments comprised of 36 No. one bedroom units, 39 No. two bedroom units and 1 No. three bedroom units. Block E is a part 4 No. to part 8 No. storey over basement block containing 58 No. apartments comprised of 16 No. one bedroom units and 42 No. two bedroom units. Block F is a 6 No. storey block containing 76 No. apartments comprised of 27 No. one bedroom units and 43 No. two bedroom units and 6 No. three bedroom units and a communal lounge at ground floor level Block G is a part 4 No. to part 6 No. storey block containing 72 No. apartments comprised of 6 No. studio units, 44 No. one bedroom units, 18 No. two bedroom units and 4 No. three bedroom units.
The subject scheme also includes a 2 No. storey purpose built creche (c. 414 sq m) with an outdoor play area; 348 No. car parking spaces comprised of 284 No. spaces located at basement level and 64 No. spaces located at surface level; 11 No. motorcycle parking spaces; 527 No. bicycle parking spaces comprised of 480 No. secure cycle parking spaces and 47 No. visitor cycle parking spaces; hard and soft landscaping; bin storage; ESB substations and switchrooms; and all other necessary associated site works above and below ground. The proposed development principally replicates the layout and footprint of the scheme permitted under DCC Reg. Ref. 3269/10 / ABP Ref. PL29N.238685 (as extended under DCC Reg. Ref. 3269/10/X1 and DCC Reg. Ref. 3405/19) but proposes the slight relocation of the creche building to the west and additional height of up to one storey on some of the blocks and the rationalisation of the permitted floorplans, resulting in an increase in the overall quantum of residential units from 374 No. apartments to 475 No. apartments.
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