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02Aug91 EIRE: BORD GAIS AND TELECOM EIREANN SCHEMES FOR DUBLIN WAIT FOR CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL.

More than £160 million of building and civils work in Dublin hands in the balance until September awaiting city councillors' approval.The £100 million Bord Gais mixed development earmarked for Dublin quayside, together with the proposal for a £60 million new headquarters for Telecom Eireann in Ballsbridge are on hold, pending planning decisions from Dublin Corporation.Bord Gais (Gas Board) applied for permission last March for 1,300 homes on an 8.9 ha site between Pearse Street and the docks.The plan also includes a major shopping parade, leisure areas, offices and a 100-bedroom hotel on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.Earlier this year Telecom Eireann also applied for a massive office block for its headquarters, together with an interpretive centre, urban plaza and 91 apartments on the former Johnson Mooney and O'Brien bakery site in Dublin 4.According to planners, the size and detail of both proposals involve intricate inter-departmental checking from all aspects of engineering to road and traffic disruption and by-law approval. Proposed road systems and traffic modules must also be considered.In addition, planners are concerned with the proposal for dealing with the decontamination of the docks site following its use as a gas storage depot.Meanwhile, Dublin City councillors have halted the controversial Clanbrassil Street eight-lane highway plan.The decision puts back on the drawing board the contentious commuter carriageway plan from Christchurch Cathedral to the South Circular Road. The plan caused a storm of protest in 1989 when Fianna-Fail forced it through the corporation.The decision to defer approval for the latest section of the road - from Clanbrassil Street Lower to New Street - was described as 'disastrous' by assistant city manager John Fitzpatrick.DecisionHe warned that any delay could mean that the £500,000 earmarket for the project could be re-allocated by the Department of the Environment.But members of the Civic Alliance said the project was the product of an outdated roads policy.It was agreed to refer a decision on approval for the project back to the Corporation's general purposes committee which meets in September.The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee is to carry out a I£20 million college plan on the site of the former headquarters of Irish Biscuits at Bishop Street, close to the Grafton Street shopping centre.The five-storey building, incorporating part of the existing building's features, has been designed by architect Burke-Kennedy Doyle.The building will have a two-storey atrium entrance leading to a courtyard and will contain lecture theatres, art studios, computer rooms and laboratories.It will take students from the College of Commerce in Rathmines, a couple of miles from the city centre, and the College of Marketing and Design from Parnell Square in the city centre. Work will take three years.