Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate, the London Stock Exchange-listed property company is a significant player in real estate and real estate loans across Europe.
For its Dublin base, the company chose to develop a site at the end of Sir John Rogerson Quay. In doing so, it is creating valuable office space, much-needed residential apartments and street-level retail units in this prestigious part of the city.
Dublin’s docklands area has been undergoing a dramatic transformation; its newer developments tend to be statement buildings. Not surprisingly, the ambitious Kennedy Wilson project is following the trend. Building over a two-level basement car park, the 30-storey tower block provides 37,000m² of office space, split over three 8-storey blocks and fit out to Cat A level, accommodates 204 residential units, totalling 28,000m² and features scenic lifts, offering spectacular views.
At design-stage, careful consideration was given to the existing office block and how to minimise the impact on it during construction. Additionally, the security system was designed to monitor and control double-height basement and ground level public spaces, an important safety feature in a multi-use development.
Axiseng has completed all necessary pre-assessments to achieve both a BREEAM ‘Excellence’ standard and a LEED ‘Gold’ standard. All three office blocks have subsequently secured LEED Gold.
The overall design of the build carefully took into consideration as to limit the impact in construction to the existing commercial office block that was already present. The security system was designed to properly monitor and control double height basement and ground level public realms, an important safety feature in a mixed and multi-use development.
The residential blocks utilise a CHP-based district heating scheme for producing heat and hot water. The commercial offices are each serviced as stand-alone blocks, using 4-pipe fan coil units, high-efficiency gas boilers and air-cooled chillers.
The landscaping for the development includes a public square, designed for holding community events such as outdoor cinema screenings, farmers’ markets and concerts, bringing vibrancy and life back to this previously derelict location.