12 Feb 2009

I just discovered what I did wrong on that project I was involved in in Limerick City recently where a planning application for some relatively minor changes to a Protected Structure took two years to get approved because the planning department hadn’t the remotest idea how to handle it and, under pressure from highly active extremists in low level positions within the Department of the Environment, ended up burying their heads in the sand.

What I should have done instead was simply lobby City Councillors to have the building delisted because, apparently, it works.

A few months back, some flashy drawings were submitted to Limerick City Council for approval of a large, mixed-use, 'iconic' development on a spit of land in the middle of the River Shannon on the site where the Limerick Boat Club is currently located. The €20 million proposal could only really go ahead if the current Limerick Boat Club clubhouse, a Protected Structure, were to be demolished (the little red building below). So, the Council agreed to delist the building to facilitate the developers with their plans, thereby paving the way for the obliteration of a structure which is of genuine interest. Furthermore, if the proposed development goes ahead, the finest (some might say ‘defining’) view in Limerick City – the view north along the river focussing on the Limerick Boat Club’s neighbour, the Shannon Rowing Club – will be no more.

Meanwhile, back on the project I was working on, after two years of time and money wasted, the planners are forcing the applicant to remove some door or other for some alleged heritage related reason.

Red building on left to be demolished: Shannon Rowing Club (on right) to be hidden from view by something iconic 

Friday, February 13, 2009 10:32:06 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
What short-sightedness! Another 30 years and this building will be looked upon as a monument of the past to be cherished.
Friday, February 13, 2009 12:36:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

Never mind 30 years, this is an excelent piece of architecture in it's own right today. While aesthetics is obviously a subjective matter, I find both structures very visually attractive and would imagine the majority of people would too.

I find it difficult to make sense when a Local Authority facilitates the removal and impingement of such classic buildings. Typical case of not knowing what you have 'til it's gone.

Friday, February 13, 2009 6:34:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hey, whats that crazy building behind the Limerick Boat Club? Would have been a good site for an apartment block, too late now though.

Definitely would have got planning to demolish it and build an apartment block with NO DOORS in its place!!

Planners are legends!!

Friday, February 13, 2009 8:09:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
The Shannon Rowing Club - the one which won't be demolished but which will be blocked from view by the new development - is one of the finest buildings in the country.
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