Dublin, Ireland, January 23rd 2019 – MHEC has received planning permission for the U2 museum planned for Dublin’s Docklands area. The final planning report praised the design and found that the building ‘will upgrade one of the most prominent locations in the city’ and that it would ‘contribute to the animation of the area.’ The final report agreed with MHEC’s assessment that approval “will allow for the construction of a striking and innovative contemporary/modern building in an inner city location.” Unlike the initial proposal rejected by the Council last year, this proposal “would not injure the amenity of property in the vicinity” according to the Council.
Last summer, planning permission was rejected after multiple complaints from locals about the height of the building and its imposing nature including its height (14.4 Metres.) Architects ODAA subsequently sent the City Council an amended proposal with a slightly reduced height (12.2 Metres.) The building will contain recreations of some of the bands most iconic moments, such as their first studio at Windmill lane, Larry’s Kitchen and a “music room” exhibit. The center is expected to attract over 1,500 visitors per day, and several briefs were sent to the court in favor of the amended building, stating that it would revitalize the area and bring new business and new tourism to the area and to Dublin in general.