Irish Projects 2016

O’ Donnell + Tuomey to Design New Academic Hub

Multi-award winning architecture team John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell have just been announced as the design team for the Academic Hub in Grangegorman.

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Dublin Landings Takes Off

Ballymore Group (“Ballymore”), one of the largest privately-owned property groups in Europe, has launched its new docklands development, Dublin Landings.

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‘The Reflector’ Shines Brightly

Construction of ‘The Reflector, a 125,000 square foot Grade A office building on Hanover Quay and Grand Canal Dock,  has commenced. International real estate advisor Savills says that the €100m Reflector will be a landmark office and residential building with impressive water frontage spanning almost 75 metres. Situated in the heart of Dublin’s central business district, it is due for completion in Q3 2018 and is being developed by Park Developments Group, who were one of the original Grand Canal Dock developers over 10 years ago with the highly successful Hanover Quay scheme. Upon completion of The Reflector, the office element of the scheme could comfortably accommodate in excess of 1,000 employees.

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Heneghan Peng Definitely with a Paddle!

Heneghan Peng Architects and Kearns Mancini Architects of Toronto have won the international competition for the new $45-million Canadian Canoe Museum to be located at the majestic site of the 1904 Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site.

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An elegant, serpentine glass pavilion graced by a two-acre rooftop garden has been selected as the winning design in the two-stage international competition. The design to house the world’s largest collection of canoes and kayaks presents a Canadian game changer that organically and boldly curves out from the drumlins beside the Trent-Severn waterway. Envisioned with and for the community, the museum embraces aboriginal wisdom to live and build lightly on the land.

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DLR LexIcon Wins Two Prestigious International Awards

The dlr LexIcon received the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for International Design and the National Panel Special Award at the 2016 Civic Trust Awards in London.


The Civic Trust Awards are the longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe, first established in 1959. The two awards were presented to the dlr LexIcon, designed by architects Carr, Cotter & Naessens Ltd, because it has demonstrated outstanding credentials in the area of universal design. The not-for-profit Awards scheme was set up to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design; have demonstrated sustainability; are accessible to all users; and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.











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A Triumph of Design

Denis Byrne Architects, an award-winning Dublin architecture practice, has won the Architecture Review’s prestigious 2016 Work Award for its Gas Networks    Ireland Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin. The judges of the AR Work Award 2016 shortlisted four international projects from over a hundred entries and visited each of the shortlisted projects – in Mexico, the USA, Sweden and Ireland – prior to reaching its decision.

‘This architecture is unquestionably the starting point for a new level of discourse on office design in Ireland’ said the jury which included Sanjay Puri, Manuelle Gautrand and John McAslan. The jury added: ‘It is a triumph that a building that appears relatively closed from the outside should be so completely the opposite once you’re inside’.

Denis Byrne Architects gained the commission following a two stage international architectural competition administered by the RIAI on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland (formerly Bord Gáis). The design of the new building reflects Gas Networks Ireland’s commitment to environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainable development. The building design promotes an integrated sustainable design approach that combines Microclimate, Biodiversity and Landscape, Water Management, use of Renewable Energy Technologies with a compact building featuring a Low Energy design concept, to establish a service facility with a high quality and permeable work environment. Located on the edge of the M50, it features a stunning roof landscape which can be used by the staff for recreational purposes. The highly sustainable and innovative design by Denis Byrne Architects had previously won a Green Building Award, the Concrete Society Award as well as the RIAI’s ‘Best Sustainable Building’ as well as ‘Best Commercial Building’ awards.


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Full Steam Ahead for ‘Boland’s Quay’

Savills has confirmed that full funding (€170m) has been made available by NAMA for the development of ‘Boland’s Quay’ at the former Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands.

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Last December, Mark Reynolds of Savills  – the appointed receiver over the iconic Dublin site – submitted a planning application for the development of almost 30,000sq m of office space for approximately  2,300 workers, 42 apartments, shops, cafes, restaurants and a number of new public squares and plazas. The plans were approved by Dublin City Council in July.

The scheme designed by leading architectural practice Burke Kennedy Doyle, is expected to take over 2 years to full completion. Mark Reynolds commented: the development of Boland’s Quay is now full steam ahead. We are delighted with NAMA’s commitment to funding its construction, as it enables us to move forward with the certainty that our plans for the site will come to fruition. This will be the most significant construction project this city has seen over the past 10 years and it has been supported by the SDZ fast-track planning scheme introduced by Dublin City Council, which has seen us bring the project from planning stages to development in less than a year.”

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Tún Architecture wins school design competition

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has announced that Tún architecture + design is the winner of an architectural design competition for a new primary school in an urban setting.



The Competition was to design a school for a specific site at Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2. The site comprises the former Garda Station and Irish Film Censor Building, overlooking the Grand Canal. This wonderful site posed design opportunities and challenges that Tún architecture + design exploited successfully. The brief was for a 24 classroom primary school, with Special Needs Classes, with a total floor size of approximately 4,500 square metres.

This Competition followed the very successful 2012 competition to design a post-primary school, and a 2013 design ideas competition for a primary school. Design competitions emphasise the commitment of the Department to excellence of design in providing for the learning spaces of the future.


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OPW plans regeneration of Apollo House

The Office of Public Works and Mazars as Joint Receivers to Cuprum Properties Limited, appointed by NAMA, have announced that planning applications were lodged with Dublin City Council for the redevelopment and regeneration of key city centre sites on which currently stand Hawkins and Apollo House.


The collaborative and unified approach taken by both owners to the public realm and the urban setting of Apollo House and Hawkins House, will deliver a significant benefit to the city. The scheme optimises the development opportunity presented by Hawkins House and the adjoining Apollo House sites and the joint design team have delivered the planning applications on the two sites in a fully co-ordinated manner, which maximises efficiencies in both schemes.








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