- present, 2016
The client, Ronan Group Real Estate are one of Ireland’s largest property development groups, notable for developing high-end, architecturally striking properties in the heart of Dublin City and beyond.
The new development, due to be completed in 2022, is situated in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, near transport links such as the Luas Red Line, Connolly train station, Dublin Bus routes, cycle lanes and the planned MetroLink.
The development consists of two buildings and includes 339 apartments and 64 co-living units that will offer residents more opportunities to embrace a better lifestyle with top class facilities including a 24-hour concierge, gym, cinema, and top floor communal areas with views over the city.
Each building sits over its own basement of 3,320sqm and 3,049sqm respectively, with provision for a total of 78 car parking and 828 secure bicycle spaces.
At ground level, a central plaza separates both buildings, each building has its own individual secure private courtyard and landscape features.
Axiseng were commissioned to design the MEP services and Part L sustainability associated with the development and help guide them through the planning process.
One of the biggest challenges was space planning for plant. With limitations on the roofscape of each building, alternative locations for plant had to be found. Basement level provided the space allocations required for most of the plant for the scheme with the residential space heating decentralised. The basement parking area with limited head height was also a design challenge.
The aparthotel building’s centralised district heating plant was able to be incorporated into the roof level by careful design by HJL and Axiseng. It achieved hiding the plant from view but keeping the required ventilation. This ensured that adequate access for maintenance and plant replacement strategy was maintained.