Like other local representatives, I have been pursuing the matter of potential uses for the former North Wall Community Training Centre on St. Laurence’s Place East with officials in Dublin City Council.
As you know the former Community Training Centre ceased operating in February and as a result the ownership of the building returned to Dublin City Council. Since then, the building was visually assessed by Engineers in an effort to establish its condition.
From information supplied to me, the initial inspection found that the building would require substantial works to make it fit for purpose. Those Engineers found that:
- Issues were identified at the roof level
- Structural cracking in the precast floor slabs
- The building would not comply with modern standards in terms of disability access, lift services, etc.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no detailed inspection could take place until recently where a more thorough investigation occurred which will enable officials to secure a magnitude of coatings.
As was agreed at the June meeting of the Dublin Central Area Council Committee, the future use of the former Community Training Centre on St. Laurence’s Place East will be examined with a view to delivering activities for the local community. Once the magnitude of costings from the Engineering Review is available, local Councillors will be in a better position to determine the most effective use for the building.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee