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08th Aug 2023

One of Dublin’s biggest eye-sores to be converted into apartments


By Katy Thornton

The building has stood empty since 2008.

Since 2008, the Sentinel building in Sandyford, Dublin has remained empty and derelict; it was originally intended to be an office building, but has remained unused for 15 years now.

On the 27th July, Dante Property Company Ltd applied for planning permission to turn the tower into an apartment block.

Image via Dún Laoghaire County Council Planning Archive

The property would become home to 110 apartments, including 22 one-beds, 60 two-beds, and 28 three-bed units.

Planning also seeks permission for a resident’s gym and lounge, carpark, and electric vehicle charging points.

Image via Dún Laoghaire County Council Planning Permission Archive

In 2007, Cork company Tivway began working on the Sentinel Tower, only for construction to halt in 2008 and for the company to go under in 2010.

According to The Irish Times, permission was granted “to redevelop the Sentinel with 294 ‘office suites’ with small work-live studio facilities” in 2017, but the scheme never reached fruition due to access issues.

Last year, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors voted for the Sentinel site to be rezoned. In doing so, it removed the requirement for an office element with a “specific local objective” in order to “facilitate completion of the unfinished block and allow consideration of a maximum of 110 residential units” included in the county development plan.

You can read the whole planning permission application for the Dublin building on the Dún Laoghaire County Council website.

Header images via DLRCoco 

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