Plans for a colossal U2 visitor center and museum in Dublin have been stalled.
The Irish rock band are ‘stuck in a moment’ as Dublin City Council have raised concerns over the proposed project.
Plans for the building at No. 15-18 Hanover Quay have been sent back to the drawing board.
The paper outlines that the four-piece group planned to demolish their existing two-storey recording studio and replace it with a visitor center, reconstructed studio, and exhibition site twice the size.
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Dublin City Council have reportedly hit back with “serious concerns” of the size (equivalent to four-storeys high) of the project which is in a prominent area of the South Docks, according to the Irish Times.
Plans for the new @U2 visitor center in #Dublin have been unveiled - the application by Brook Ltd and MHEC Ltd also includes a cafe, auditorium, reception and area for selling merchandising. https://t.co/172Dk2GfTS#Construction pic.twitter.com/XF4OtyFA2M— Evercam (@evrcm) August 17, 2018
The council said the design of the new building “could be described as a brutalist and contemporary interpretation of the existing structure and the influence of U2 at this prominent Dockland site”.
The council added the large building could “block future natural light” and “will appear quite foreboding and visually compromising”.
The height “would also have a detrimental visual impact and create an imbalance in terms of urban form,” it added, noting the “lack of synergy” between the proposed building and others in the area.
Are you ready Europe? The #U2eiTour is on the way.#Berlin #Cologne #Paris #Lisbon #Madrid #Copenhagen #Hamburg #Amsterdam #Milan #Manchester #London #Belfast #Dublin #U2 #U2eiTour #Europe pic.twitter.com/Xx4crx66Ed— U2 (@U2) August 22, 2018
Harry Crosbie, the developer who previously owned the existing U2 building, has also made plans to turn his home into a boutique hotel in the same location.
For over 27 years, U2 had been visiting Crosbie's home before they discovered the 18th-century warehouse space next door was perfect for recording and rehearsing, hence they bought it off him.
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Crosbie is believed to be in full support of the band’s outlined project, and has written to the council in their favor.
Meanwhile, several other local residents have objected. According to 98FM, 63 locals have joined calls to oppose the project. The outlet adds that ten objections have been lodged with just six in favor.
Over 60 residents in the south docklands are opposed to the building of a U2 visitor centre https://t.co/DKV4G0V7VA pic.twitter.com/msyS0miHmP— 98FM (@98FM) August 1, 2018
U2 now have six months to re-submit their plans to the council.