The Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) is to redevelop its historic premises on Dawson Street in Dublin.
The proposed scheme, agreed with investment group Tetrarch Capital, aims to upgrade and improve the existing buildings, which cover numbers 33-36 Dawson Street and several buildings to the rear.
The plan, which is subject to planning permission and the approval of RIAC members, is expected to cost €30 million-€35 million.
It will see 77 new bedrooms added to the club’s hotel, which will be operated by Tetrarch, using the RIAC brand in its name.
The upgraded facilities will also include a new members’ restaurant, bar, reading room, meeting rooms, offices for the RIAC and Motorsport Ireland, a new location for the Club’s Guinness Seagrave Library, and a new 61-space car park.
The club said the heritage of the RIAC would inspire the interior design, which will incorporate distinctive and classic images, materials, colours and memorabilia from the automobile world.
Founded in 1901, on the day Queen Victoria died, the RIAC is one of the city’s oldest private members’ club and was started by those with an interest in the growing sport of “automobilism”. It broke the mould of the stuffy St Stephen Green’s set by accepting female members, something to which the neighbouring clubs agreed only quite recently.
Assuming approval from members and planning permission, it is envisaged that the RIAC would vacate the premises by the end of June 2019 to facilitate construction, which is expected to take 24 months.