TV3 begins to spread wings with plans for new television studio

By Laura Lyne

TV3 is seeking to extend its permission to change the use of a logistics facility at its base on Ballymount Road, with a view to developing a new television studio.

The plans, initially granted permission back in November 2011, are for the change of use of the 2286.7 sq m facility to accommodate a television studio with associated technical support facility and office use building.

TV 3 Ballymount entrance

It will also see the extension of the internal first floor area of the building by 794.8 sq m, along with the construction of a new entrance and provision for 13 additional car-parking spaces.

A decision on whether permission will be extended is due from South Dublin County Council by September 27.

In its application, TV3 Group said: “Initially the work wasn’t carried out because the growth plans were constrained by the economic conditions (recession) and the slower-than-expected recovery in the television advertising market, which meant the facilities weren’t required as soon as initially envisaged.

“Subsequent to that, TV3 was going through a takeover process that was also extended due to the arrival of UTV Ireland in the Irish television landscape.

“TV3 was finally acquired in December 2015 and since then post-acquisition integration and long-term planning has also been undertaken before significant investment plans were approved and effected.”

According to the application, the proposed works are expected to be completed by August 2020.

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