Hines Cherrywood Apartment showrooms

160915_kap1_057What is claimed to be the first apartment built under the controversial statutory design guidelines introduced by former environment minister Alan Kelly has been installed in the marketing suite for Cherrywood, in south Dublin.

Hines, the US investment company that bought 400 acres of land in the designated strategic development zone (SDZ) for €282 million in December 2014, wants to demonstrate that the living space shown in its mock-up is acceptable for everyday living.

“Personally, I’d be more than happy to put apartments like this on the market, and I think people will like them,” says architect and developer Brian Moran, who now runs Texas-based Hines’s operations in Ireland as managing director. The mock-up is actually more generous than Kelly’s specifications for a two-bedroom apartment, with 81sq m of space (as opposed to 73sq m in the guidelines) and it also has higher ceilings in the main rooms (2.7m compared to 2.4 m).

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