Sandyford hotel planned on warehouse site
Esprit Investments, the private investment company owned by Jones Engineering founder Eric Kinsella, has plans to build a new six-storey over-basement hotel on a 0.2-hectare (0.51-acre) site on Ballymoss Road in the Sandyford Industrial Estate.
The proposed 6,755sq m (72,700sq ft) hotel would comprise 185 rooms and benefit from 44 basement carparking spaces.
The property is situated just a two-minute walk from Stillorgan Luas, affording future guests ease of access to Dublin’s city centre.
Under the plans, an existing 1,016sq m (10,940sq ft) warehouse named Grafton House would be razed to make way for the new hotel. The property was offered for sale by a private equity fund in 2015 as part of a €20 million portfolio dubbed the Sandyford Collection, which failed to sell.
Esprit subsequently acquired Grafton House for an undisclosed sum, and separately acquired the Cedarhurst Building about 100m away on Arkle Road, which was marketed for sale at €3.9 million.
The low-rise building occupies a prime 0.26 hectare (0.65 acre) site that could accommodate a building more than four times the size of the existing structure.