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A Mission in Modernisation at Waterloo Exchange


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St. Martin’s House is located on a trendy street in a trendy part of town that even has a trendy street name. But until recently St. Martin’s house was not a trendy building. It was aged and it was dreary and it did not mirror the hustle and bustle that surrounded it from the hip new cafes and restaurants frequented by lunch goers from nearby business districts such as Ballsbridge and Grand Canal.

The Landlord, Davy Real Estate, decided it was time to evolve St. Martin’s House into a building that would be just as trendy as the streets outside. mac-interiors worked with architects, BKD, to carry out a landlord fit out that would satisfy the modern tenant’s expectations of an atrium filled with eco-friendly sleeping pods made out of vintage tea cups and gluten-free artisan hanging wall installations…


Ok so nobody is that avant-garde YET but here’s what we did do…


  • Enhanced natural light and space across the building through a full external window replacement and implementation of new raised access floors and ceiling tiles.
  • Created an inviting modern reception area through ceiling height enlargement with a feature floating staircase and sleek new reception desk.
  • Stripped out and installed new bathroom facilities including vanity units and wall and floor tiling since nobody wants a boring old bathroom anymore.
  • Constructed a new shower block in support of cycle to work schemes because cycling is a thing now.


…and all of this was done with an existing tenant on level one and 9 (yes nine!) busy retail units operating on the ground.


Waterloo Exchange, as it has now been renamed, has become a bright, contemporary workplace that offers occupiers a more refreshing and innovative space to operate in. Davy Real-Estate successfully attracted Jazz Pharmaceuticals as tenants into this newly invigorated building and mac-interiors have been enlisted again to carry out the works. But that’s a story for another day…

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