Cruise Tender Facility
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour company has issued an invitation to tender for a new floating berth. Most of the listed structure was torn down in September 2009 and replaced with a car park by the company, which planning permission was not required.
The works involved the design, supply, delivery & installation of 20m long x 6m wide floating concrete pontoon and articulating access stairs perpendicular to the historic old pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It is intended to use the facility as a ferry passenger berth.
Following a campaign by local residents and the intervention of Green Party TD Ciarán Cuffe and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the re development was not exempted.
According to The Sunday Tribune, the development plans were rejected on the basis of their effect on the local conservation area and failure to reuse elements of the old pier structures.
However, last week the company published a notice inviting tenders for a floating pontoon berth to be attached to the old pier, designed to accommodate cruise passengers.
The tender details are available to read online, and the project is currently pending planning permission.