The client, Castlepark, founded by John F. Moore in 1973, was originally a civil engineering and building contracting company. Later on, Castlepark became more involved in private-sector and public-sector contracts, such as local authority housing, warehousing and sporting facilities.
More recently, it has diversified into private property development, in both the residential and office / commercial sectors.
The Scotch House project involved the refurbishment of an existing Dublin landmark building, comprising almost 5,000m2 of Grade A office space over six floors.
The basement comprises of a car park, shower area and a retail unit, while on the ground floor there are open-plan offices and a café unit.
Additional open-plan offices are spread across six floors above. These incorporate raised access floors, suspended ceilings, recessed lighting, and air-conditioning.
Axiseng was commissioned to lead the mechanical and electrical services design of the refurbishment due to their experience with constrained city centre sites.
The project team faced a number of challenges, including the proximity of the Luas line, minimal space for services in the ceiling of the existing structure, restricted headroom on floors, a lift overrun and the late addition of requirements for the WiredScore certification.
All of these factors were considered and addressed through careful planning and coordination with other design team members.
The project achieved the LEED Gold and WiredScore Platinum certification.