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A Not-Very-Pretty Building


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The Estate Agent is good at selling the benefits of Ormond House. It’s situated on Ormond Quay Upper, which forms parts of Dublin’s ‘integrated one way vehicular traffic routes’ and ‘over 10 bus routes’. It’s close to the Luas; there are numerous hotels, restaurants and shopping facilities in close proximity, it’s got parking; disabled access; showers.


All of this notwithstanding, Ormond House is not a very pretty building. In a city where commercial rents are responding to Keynesian influences, and landlords can aim to get €40 per square foot, the pressure is on to offer something better; to maximise the long-term return of commercial property. How to sell a not-very-pretty building to a potential tenant? Well the answer is obvious: get a really good Main Contractor to do a really good landlord re-instatement.


Here’s what JLL contracted mac interiors to do:

New air conditioning system

New perimeter power and data throughout (no raised access floor)

New lighting and fire alarm

New ceiling grid

Upgrade to toilet cores, building’s reception area, and lift lobbies

Replacement of defective external glazing

New roof membrane

Remedial works to basement car park


It was a natural progression for Fenergo to award the contract for their new office fit out in Ormond House to mac-interiors. We put in a new comms room, a new canteen, wire-free access control, and carried out all the works for flooring, painting and ceilings. The fresh, white-and-red design makes the visitor forget that it’s a not-so-pretty building. The client has a working, modern office that was delivered in budget, on time and snag-free. And it’s very pretty.

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