List of tallest buildings in Ireland

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Obel in Belfast

This is a list of the tallest habitable buildings on the island of Ireland buildings (used for living and working in, as opposed to masts and churches). The island of Ireland has relatively few tall buildings. As of 2017, there were several proposals to change this,[1][2][3] with developments proposed for Limerick,[4] Cork,[5] Galway,[6] and Dublin.[7] The island's first tall building was Liberty Hall, built in 1965, which stands at 59.4 metres (195 ft). The current tallest habitable building on the island of Ireland is the Obel Tower in Belfast at 85 metres (279 ft).[8] The tallest storied building in the Republic of Ireland is Capital Dock in Dublin, at about 79 metres (259 ft).[9][10]

Tallest habitable buildings[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Rank Name Location Type Year
completed
Floors
(above ground)
Height Picture
1 Obel Tower Belfast Residential 2010 27 85 m (279 ft) Obel Tower Belfast.png
2 Grand Central Hotel Belfast Hotel 1975 23 80 m (260 ft) Windsor House Belfast.jpg
3 Belfast City Hospital Belfast Hospital 1986 15 76 m (249 ft) Belfast City Hospital - geograph.org.uk - 935081.jpg
4 Belfast Hilton Hotel Belfast Hotel 1998 16 63 m (207 ft) The "Hilton" hotel, Belfast (1) - geograph.org.uk - 1249088.jpg
5 Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Hospital 2012 12 63 m (207 ft) Royal Hospital Belfast 02.jpg
6 The Boat Belfast Residential, Office 2010 15 62 m (203 ft) The Boat, Belfast, April 2010 (06).JPG
7 BT Riverside Tower Belfast* Office 1998 14 61 m (200 ft) BT Riverside Tower, Belfast, April 2010 (01).JPG
8 Divis Tower Belfast Residential 1966 20 61 m (200 ft) Divis Tower, Belfast, May 2011 (02).JPG
9= Linium Square Belfast Office 2005 13 55 m (180 ft) Bedford Square 18.08.12 029.jpg
9= Causeway Tower Belfast Office 2004 13 55 m (180 ft) Causeway Tower 13.09.12.jpg
9= Great Northern Tower Belfast Office 1992 13 55 m (180 ft)
10 Belfast City Hall Belfast Government building 1906 N/A 53 m (174 ft) Belfast City Hall, October 2010 (02).JPG
11 Grainne House Belfast Residential 1968 17 52 m (171 ft)
12 Europa Hotel Belfast Hotel 1971 13 51 m (167 ft) Europa Hotel, Belfast 02.jpg
13 Lanyon Place Belfast Residential 2014 12 50 m (160 ft) No 8 Lanyon Place, Belfast (14) - geograph.org.uk - 1716262.jpg

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Rank Name Location Type Year
completed
Floors
(above ground)
Height Picture
1 Capital Dock Dublin Mixed-use 2018 22[10] 79 m (259 ft)[11] THE BUILDING BOOM IS BEGINNING AGAIN IN THE DOCKLANDS (LET’S HOPE THAT IT DOES NOT END IN DISASTER THIS TIME) - panoramio - William Murphy (1).jpg
2 The Elysian Cork Mixed-use 2008 17[12] 71 m (233 ft)[12][13] Elysian tower Cork.JPG
3= Google Docks Dublin Office 2010 15[14] 67 m (220 ft) Google Docks view from Barrow Street.jpg
4= Cork County Hall Cork Office 1968 17 67 m (220 ft)[15] CorkCountyHall2017.jpg
5 Millennium Tower Dublin Residential 1998 16 63 m (207 ft) IMG MilleniumTowerGCD5615w.jpg
6 Liberty Hall Dublin Office 1965 17 59.4 m (195 ft) Liberty Hall Dublin.jpg
7 One George's Quay Plaza Dublin Office 2002 13 59 m (194 ft) The Ulster Bank Group HQ, George's Quay Plaza - geograph.org.uk - 1743476.jpg
8 Riverpoint Limerick Mixed use 2008 15 58.5 m (192 ft) RiverPoint.JPG
9 Crowne Plaza Dundalk Hotel 2007 14[16] 58 m (190 ft) Crowne Plaza, Dundalk (geograph 3627499).jpg
10 Clayton Hotel Limerick Hotel 2002 17 57 m (187 ft) Clarion Hotel On Steamboat Quay.jpg
11 Alto Vetro Dublin Residential 2008 16 51 m (167 ft) Alto Vetro.jpg

Tallest buildings by city[edit]

  • Only includes cities with buildings taller than 50m
  • Cities in light blue are in Northern Ireland
City Building Height Floor count Completed
Belfast Obel Tower 85 m (279 ft) 28 2010
Dublin Capital Dock 79 m (259 ft) 22[10] 2018
Cork The Elysian 71 m (233 ft) 17 2008
Limerick Riverpoint 58.5 m (192 ft) 15 2008
Dundalk Crowne Plaza 58 m (190 ft) 14[16] 2007

Under construction[edit]

Name Location Type Floors
(above ground)
Height Notes
Exo Tower Dublin Office 17[17] 73 m As of January 2018 work started with completion due "March 2020"[18]
Bedford Square Belfast Mixed use 17[19] 72.7 m "The £85m Bedford Square project started late [2018] and [is to be] completed in 2021"[20]
Ulster University Campus Belfast University 12 55.6 m Construction halted briefly from March to June 2018[21][22]
Bolands Quay Dublin Office 12 & 13 54 m Construction commenced in 2016,[23] and is "set for completion on a phased basis from the second quarter of 2019"[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High rise building needed in Dublin to prevent city sprawling 'to Athlone'". Independent.ie. 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  2. ^ "Simon Coveney thinks Ireland should go high-rise 'in the right places'". Thejournal.ie. 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  3. ^ Ireland, Hospitality. "Knight Frank Says 'Urgent Need' For Johnny Ronan's Dublin Skyscraper - Hospitality Ireland".
  4. ^ Pat Flanagan (2016-12-28). "Huge skyscraper development for Limerick 'backed by Michael Flatley' given green light - Irish Mirror Online". Irishmirror.ie. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  5. ^ "Sky's no limit for New Cork as 40-storey tower proposed for Port site". Irish Examiner. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  6. ^ Enda Cunningham (2017-06-02). "'Skyscraper' proposal to tower over new Eyre Square East Quarter - Connacht Tribune". Connachttribune.ie. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  7. ^ Frank McDonald (2017-05-03). "Dublin's tallest building planned by Johnny Ronan". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  8. ^ "Obel Tower, Belfast". Glenform Construction. Retrieved 19 October 2018. The Obel Tower is a high rise building in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Costing £60 million and measuring 85 metres (279 ft) in height
  9. ^ Ciarán Hancock (22 July 2016). "John Sisk to build major development at Capital Dock". Irishtimes.com. Irish Times. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Capital Dock to set new benchmark with two-bed units renting at €3,300 a month". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 20 November 2018. Capital Dock is Ireland’s tallest residential building at 22 storeys
  11. ^ "Huge new office development set for Dublin's Docklands". thejournal.ie. The Journal. 20 October 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Cork anchor unit for over €13m". Irish Times. 9 April 2008.
  13. ^ "2008 – The Elysian, Eglinton St., Cork". Archiseek. 2010.
  14. ^ "Google snaps up Dublin's landmark Montevetro development". Independent News & Media. 17 February 2011.
  15. ^ "County Hall, County Cork". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 19 October 2018. Detached rectangular-plan seventeen-storey county hall, built 1968, [..] For many years it stood as the tallest building in Ireland at 67m
  16. ^ a b "Crowne Plaza Dundalk Could Be Set To Change Hands". Talkofthetown.ie. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018. The 14 storey, 129 bed Crowne Plaza Dundalk opened in September 2007
  17. ^ Olivia Kelly (2016-03-31). "Green light for plan to build Dublin's tallest office block". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  18. ^ "A European investment fund has bought the site of Dublin's future tallest office block". The Journal. January 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Bedford Square Phase 2". Future Belfast. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  20. ^ "Student digs and office builds to dominate Belfast's skyline". Belfast Telegraph. 5 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Ulster University cannot say when halted Belfast campus build will re-start". Irishnews.com. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Work under way again at Ulster University's Belfast campus after delays". 28 June 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Restoration of historic Boland's Mill buildings begin". Irish Times. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Entire Entire Bolands Quay development sold to Google". RTÉ News. 15 May 2018.