OLD WAREHOUSE ON SIR JOHN ROGERSONS QUAY PHOTOGRAPHED 17 APRIL 2017
Back in the late 1960s I was employed by the B+I [British and Irish Steam Packet Company] and while I was based on the North Side of the docklands I am almost certain that this was one of our warehouses if not then it is next to a building that was owned by the company [part of that building still exists].
In August  it was announced that the construction of 216 will begin at this site and that B AM Ireland in the main contractor for the project which will be completed bu July 2022.
The block is part of a complex consisting of four developments including the Sorting Office, a 208,000sq ft commercial building recently sold to Mapletree for €240 million, Ropemaker Place, a new residential development with 56 high-end apartments sold to German investor Real IS for €46 million, and the Shipping Office, an upcoming 177,000sq ft grade A commercial development on Sir Rogerson’s Quay.
Last October, Google entered into talks to rent the ‘Sorting Office’ but have recently, because of Covid-19, abandoned plans to rent office space in the Docklands for 2,000 new employees. I am assuming that the employees will work from home going forward.
B&I was taken over by the Irish Government in 1965 about three years before I joined the company. It had ten passenger and cargo vessels, many built in the late 1940s. The new management commenced a major programme of modernisation, launching the car ferries MV Munster (1968), Innisfallen and Leinster (1969). The Munster and Leinster plied the Dublin–Liverpool route and the new Innisfallen out of Cork changed from Fishguard to Swansea in 1969. The company was also operating new freight ships.
On 25 April 1980 a jetfoil service from Dublin to Liverpool started but was withdrawn as it was not a commercial success. The company ran into major financial problems in 1981, this and labour disputes persisted into the early 1992 when the company was privatised and taken over by the Irish Continental Group.