AN UGLY GAP IN THE STREETSCAPE – WHERE THE ORMOND HOTEL WAS
All construction workers can return to work tomorrow [4 May 2021] and it then that it becomes obvious that some projects have been abandoned. It would be very disappointing if the construction of the new hotel does not restart this week.
The iconic Ormond Hotel on the north quays was purchased for just €2.5 million by Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes in the middle of the recession. In 2013, planning permission was sought to demolish the old building and replace it with a 170 bedroom hotel but the plan was rejected but eventually the owner was granted permission to develop a smaller 121 room hotel.
The €25 million redevelopment project was expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020 but there were many problems and the project was delayed and then there was was Covid-19.