Saturday 18 November 2017

Cotter in €100m Dublin docklands development

The Reflector is sure to attract interest from major international employers
The Reflector is sure to attract interest from major international employers
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Dublin's 'Silicon Docks' are set to undergo a further dramatic transformation with the announcement that construction has commenced on a waterfront building to be known as 'the Reflector'.

Located at Hanover Quay and Grand Canal Dock, at the heart of the city's central business district, the 125,000 sq ft Grade A office and residential building will boast water frontage of almost 75m upon its completion in the third quarter of 2018.

The scheme marks the return after 11 years of veteran builder Michael Cotter's Park Developments Group (PDG) to Grand Canal Dock.

In 2005, PDG teamed up with John Sisk & Sons to build a major residential scheme on the corner of Hanover Quay and Grand Canal Square, which served to kick-start the regeneration of the South Docks.

Today, Grand Canal Dock is acknowledged as one of central Dublin's foremost business districts with a range of major national and multinational companies - including, Accenture, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linkedin - all located there.

The arrival of the Reflector building in 2018 is expected to attract significant interest from major international employers already located in Dublin, and those seeking to establish or maintain a presence within the EU in the wake of the UK's decision to vote in favour of Brexit.

The Reflector's offices are expected to accommodate over 1,000 employees across six floors. Floor plates will extend to 23,000 sq ft and have LEED Gold V4 accreditation and A3 BER certification.

Depending on intending occupiers' requirements, the completed building will be capable of being split into two distinct wings with separate entrances, receptions and terraces.

The property can be split to accommodate requirements of all sizes, from 500 sq m and up. The floor plates, meanwhile, have been specifically designed to maximise the space along the building's south-facing, waterfront elevation.

Designed by Dublin-based BKD Architects, the Reflector's facade will incorporate an exterior mesh design element, which will provide solar shading without affecting the views from inside the office space.

Referring to the overall aesthetic of this element of the building's design, BKD's Michael Ennis said: "The building elevations will include a dynamic facade design with a pixelated cascading metal outer skin to reflect the southern site aspect and the waterside location. This will consist of high-quality, bronze-coloured mesh panels suspended in front of the clear glazing systems."

Apart from its office component, the Reflector is to include 40 luxury apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, as well as a 3,500 sq ft retail/restaurant unit.

Commenting on the expected arrival of the new building to the Dublin docklands waterfront, Andrew Cunningham of letting agents, Savills said: "The integration of the Reflector with the existing dock-front buildings will create dynamic new relationships between old and new within the waterfront context.

"Target occupiers will be wide-ranging, reflecting the broad appeal of the docks. The building is likely to be of interest to large and medium sized corporates, financial services including aircraft leasing, professional services, and ICT," Cunningham added.

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