CHARLEMONT STREET – NEW AMAZON HQ BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The Charlemont Street flat complex near Ranelagh was to have been redeveloped as a public-private partnership scheme including shops, restaurants, offices, as well as 260 new apartments. However, despite beginning demolition, including razing Scott’s 1944 building Ffrench Mullen House, the council had been unable, for an extended period of time, to finalise a deal on the regeneration project.
Independent city councillor Mannix Flynn sought to save Ffrench Mullen House, because its demolition was ethically wrong given the block was a “one-off social housing unit, designed by Michael Scott in 1944 during the Emergency”, and that it should be reused.
Ffrench Mullen House was named after Madeline Ffrench Mullen who developed the nearby St Ultan’s Hospital for Women and Infants in 1919 in response to the dire socioeconomic conditions in Dublin.
Amazon employs more than 2,500 people in Ireland and announced plans [June 2019] to create another 1,000 jobs over the next two years, most of which will be located in Dublin at Blanchardstown, Tallaght, North Count Dublin and the Portobello area of Dublin.
The Charlemont Square project is due to be completed in 2020. This mixed-use development is the second phase of a city centre regeneration project.
My understanding is that there will be a total 79 social housing units.There will also be 184 private residential units, bringing to 263 the total number of homes in the complex, in addition to significant commercial office space and retail units.