It seems a project that has been in the works for nearly five years will finally be "getting off" the ground.
"Details of the U2 Tower, which will be the tallest building in Ireland, emerged as it was announced that a consortium led by the band has been selected as the preferred bidder to design, finance and construct the £140 million project.
Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen will team up with Lord Foster, who built the "Gherkin" tower in London.
The Geranger Ltd consortium consisting of Ballymore Properties, Patrick McKillen and August Partners (U2 members and management) beat off designs submitted by four other tenders: Treasury Holdings/Sisk; Mountbrook Homes, controlled by the developer Sean Dunne; the Dutch-based Royal BAM Group and the Riverside II Partnership.
All had been challenging for the contract to build the tower, regarded as the jewel in the crown of the band’s property portfolio in Dublin.
In keeping with Bono’s reputation as the rock star with a conscience, the accommodation will include 34 social and affordable flats. The remainder will be luxury apartments, while a five-star hotel will be built in an adjoining building.
advertisementThe tilted triangular design, at the confluence of the Liffey, Dodder and Grand Canal, will include a public viewing platform."Hotels, penises, tax shelters, stardom...it's really all the same isn't it?
"Is there anything this man hasn't accomplished? Bono celebrates his latest award -- an Honorary Knighthood -- for his services to the music industry & his humanitarian work. The U2 frontman, who was surrounded by family, joked that his son thought he was becoming a Jedi." - from iVillage photo gallery