Walking through Dublin Docklands is the best way to experience the current transformation in Ireland’s capital. The Docklands area has been dubbed ‘Silicon Docks’, as it is an outpost for the Californian tech companies that have made their EU homes here. It has the pace and modernity of any of the biggest bustling cities across the world but retains a unique Irish feel with the famous Liffey slowly rolling through the heart of the area, the traditional Irish pubs that manage to stand tall next to some of Dublin’s highest buildings and the Samuel Beckett Bridge which ties two sides of the river together in the shape of Ireland’s national emblem, the harp. The cranes that punctuate the area’s skyline make a clear announcement: economic prosperity. The cacophony of machinery and shouts of construction workers at every turn of the Docklands echoes this message, but what are they actually building?
Here is a list of what these waterfront developments will ultimately bring to the Docklands.
Developer: Irish Life Investment Managers
Architect: BKD Architects
Main Contractor: mac-group
This 141,000 sq ft redevelopment will be completed in July 2017 making it the first of the multiple dockland developments ready for tenant fit out. With a target to achieve LEED platinum, the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, this Grade A office space will ease the growing demand for commercial space in Dublin.
Developer: Hibernia Reit
Architect: Henry J Lyons
Main Contractor: John Paul Construction
Expected to be completed mid 2018, this project will provide 110,000 sq ft of commercial space and 6,000 sq ft of retail space and is planned to reach LEED gold rating.
Developer: Irish Life
Architect: Henry J Lyons
Main Contractor: Bennett Construction
This 9 storey office project is developed on a single basement on a brownfield site and is expected to cost €125 million.
Developer: Kennedy Wilson and NAMA
Architect: O’Mahony Pike Architects
Main Contractors: Sisk Group
The new urban quarter at Capital Dock extends across 4.8 acres. The campus will contain 343,483 sq ft of premium office accommodation as well as residential living spaces.
Developers: Ballymore and Oxley holdings Limited
Architects: RKD Architects and Arrow Architects
Main Contractor: Walls Construction
This project will deliver 65,000 sq m of Grade A office and retail space and 273 luxury residential apartments. Launched in 2016, this 1m sq ft project is expected to be complete in 2020.