According to recent reports, Google has secured approval from Dublin City Council for a rooftop sports pitch as part of its major new development on the site of the former Boland’s Mill. The approval comes despite opposition from local residents. The “multi-sports enclosure” will be located on the fifth storey of a new office block on Barrow Street and will cover 220sqm. The pitch will be fully enclosed with netting and forms part of a new €300 million urban regeneration project to provide Google with more office and amenity space for the expanding operations of its EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Opposition to the plans had been voiced by the Shelbourne Park Residents Association which claimed the lighting system and noise from the playing pitch would cause a nuisance to the owners of nearby properties. However, consultants for Google said the lighting scheme would be less bright than that typically used for outdoor sports pitches.


Dublin City Council has imposed a number of conditions as part of the grant of planning permission including the ban on the use of loudspeakers or amplified music from the rooftop areas. It has also limited the operating hours of the sports pitch and rooftop terrace to 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and to 9am to 5pm on Saturdays between October and March, with longer opening hours on weekdays of 8am to 10pm between April and September.

Denise Maguire        
Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine