Tuesday 20 August 2019

Floating floors in new offices will overlook Liffey

The redeveloped warehouse will overlook the capital's Liffey
The redeveloped warehouse will overlook the capital's Liffey
Donal Buckley

Donal Buckley

Two floating office floors over a redeveloped former warehouse building bring an unusual integration of old and new to Dublin's south docklands. The full-glazed floors are an attractive feature of Iput's redevelopment of the Tropical Fruit Warehouse, which is being transformed into an 80,000 sq ft landmark office development at 30-32 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, overlooking the Samuel Beckett bridge.

The transformative scheme has been designed by Henry J Lyons Architects in partnership with façade specialists Octatube. It will deliver river-front offices including a new six storey office block at the rear overlooking a public square.

Construction has commenced and is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.

Joint letting agents for the scheme Savills and Cushman & Wakefield are quoting rents of €65 per sq ft. Iput chief executive, Niall Gaffney, said: "We are long term investors and as such we have deliberately pushed the boundaries to develop a building that meets the highest global standards in design and sustainability."

It will incorporate a significant investment in the public realm, creating a vibrant pedestrian connection from the River Liffey to Whitaker Square at the rear.

The last remaining original warehouse on the quays, it was used from 1892 for the importation of tropical fruit into Ireland.

IPUT plc is the largest owner of office buildings in Dublin. Its portfolio comprises 89 properties with a net asset value of €2.5bn.

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