Rabobank is a cooperative bank with almost 90 local Rabobanks in the Netherlands. They have also sizeable international banking operations with focus on international business and rural activities. Rabobank was established in Ireland in August 1994 and Dublin is a branch of Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. which provides wholesale banking to its clients.
Rabobank now occupy levels six, seven and eight within the commercial office development at 76 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as their new base of operation in Ireland. The building was fitted-out to a CAT A standard with open floorplates within the tenant demise.
Axiseng was commissioned by Rabobank to complete the mechanical and electrical design of their fit-out to the highest standards and to meet all the current regulations.
There were several pre-existing issues with the base build services which affected the fit-out works, including lack of cooling capacity on the floor. This was overcome by providing a diversification strategy for each of the floors to ensure that the cooling needs of all the spaces on the tenant floors can be always met.
There were issues with the existing Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICV’s) which were oversized for the fit-out works and as a result had to be replaced by the landlord.
The landlord pump was causing water hammer in the pipework on the tenant floors which in turn cause a leak in the CHW pipework which was rectified by adding bypass valves at the end of the CHW and LPHW pipework lines to allow the water to circulate when the fan coil units are not in use.
Finally, the design of the distribution boards did not allow for the underfloor modular power system to be expanded to suit the CAT B fit-out layout. It was determined that the only suitable solution was to hard-wire new underfloor power tracks using traditional wiring methods.