Friday 17 August 2018

Fitzwilliam 28 brings fresh energy to Georgian Dublin

An artist’s impression of Fitzwilliam 27 & 28
An artist’s impression of Fitzwilliam 27 & 28
An artist’s impression of Fitzwilliam 27 & 28
An artist’s impression of Fitzwilliam 27 & 28
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Savills Ireland and Bannon have been appointed as joint agents to secure tenants for Fitzwilliam 28, a state-of-the-art office development currently under construction at the heart of Dublin's historic Georgian core.

Extending to approximately 12,500 sq m (134,548 sq ft) and capable of accommodating upwards of 1,200 workers, Fitzwilliam 28 is being delivered by leading contractors PJ Hegarty, along with the adjoining FitzWilliam 27 on the site of the ESB's former headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street Lower.

At 13,500 sq m (145,312 sq ft), Fitzwilliam 27 will have the capacity for 1,300 workers and is set to serve as the new ESB head office.

Located immediately next to Merrion Square, the overall scheme - which is due for completion in spring 2020 - involves retention and refurbishment of a number of protected Georgian structures and the construction of the two new seven-storey office blocks designed by internationally acclaimed Grafton Architects, and O'Mahony Pike Architects.

The redevelopment of the site, which is effectively an entire city block, was given the green light by An Bord Pleanala in late 2015.

Joint agents Savills and Bannon will be quoting a rent of €619 per square metre for Fitzwilliam 28 based on a single tenancy.

The building's key features will include:

  • Near zero energy building;
  • Double-height reception;
  • 2,452 sq m rooftop terrace garden;
  • 230 bike spaces, 37 showers, 222 lockers

Fitzwilliam 28 enjoys an enviable location just 600 metres from Government Buildings and 900 metres from the Dublin Docklands respectively. The property is readily accessible by the full range of public transport options including road, rail and tram. All three offer regular, reliable services on the doorstep of this office building.

Commenting on the opportunity Fitzwilliam 28 presents for the potential occupier, Savills Ireland chairman Roland O'Connell and Lucy Connolly of Bannon said: "There is simply no similar office development of this scale and flexibility available in the heart of the Georgian core and traditional CBD, close to all amenities and facilities, and certainly not with the sense of place and historic relevance this scheme exudes.

"With the understandable development constraints inherent in this area of architectural beauty and heritage it is unlikely we will see another new office scheme of this scale developed in this location again."

ESB chief executive Pat O'Doherty said: "Today marks another key milestone in this project and I know that the new building will create a modern, sustainable and innovative office space which will reduce carbon emissions, as well as deliver an attractive commercial property in Dublin's historical Georgian Quarter."

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