◊ My involvement: September 2007 – August 2008
◊ The role: Design Architect / Project Architect
◊ Phases involved: Design inception, Outline Proposal, Scheme Design, Detail design / Building Regulations, Production Information, Project Planning (March 2008)
◊ Project value: 12.5m
◊ Current status: Planning Permission granted (Development is not to be Constructed - In November 2008 Client re-applied for a different design - suitable for construction in phases, due to current economic climate. For more information please see page "Mixed Use Revised Scheme")
◊ Estimated Value: 13.5m €
◊ Brief Project Description:
The proposed development of a mixed use scheme consists of two buildings and associated site works.
The main building borders the east and north side of the site and is of mixed height of 2, 3 and 4 storeys. The ground floor consists of a retail unit of circa 159.10 sq.m, a restaurant/café of circa 143.00 sq.m, a reception area associated with office use and 5 own-door self contained office suites ranging from circa 65.40 sq.m to 97.60 sq.m.
The first floor of circa 1,533sq.m consists of an enterprise/business centre with office and meeting room accommodation, units ranging in size from circa 17 sq.m to circa 64 sq.m with associated service and toilet accommodation.
The second and third floor accommodate 19 number own door self-contained office suites of varying sizes ranging from 51.90 sq.m to 99.90 sq.m.
The second building borders the western boundary of the site and is two storeys in height and comprises 4 self-contained office suites under 100 sq.m gross floor area each, and a single storey electrical substation facility.
In compliance with the GI zoning all office suites are self-contained and below 100 sq. m gross floor area. In addition the shop, retail unit and café/restaurant are to cater for the local working population.
An integral element for the future growth of the Metro North/Airport area will be the provision of a ladder of opportunity in respect of the scale and tenure of space available. It is always difficult to predict how new emerging companies are going to grow and for this reason the proposed business centre with serviced office suites offers the emerging or transient tenant very small amounts of fully serviced floor space. Business centres are effectively up-market managed work spaces aimed at the hi-tech business. The enterprise/business centre will typically provide accommodation to businesses that require 1-5 person office space on flexible terms with the provision of various support services. Very importantly also, the business centre acts as a seedbed for future larger occupiers who can evolve without having to leave the environment.
Under Section 4.2 of the Development Plan the Council’s vision for the South Fingal Fringe, including Dublin Airport sees it as “A hub of the regional economy with the dynamic presence of the Airport but also astride the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor”.
Taking the above into consideration, the business centre could be deemed to be in accord with the “enterprise/training centre” use class indeed given the sites’ proximity to Dublin Airport, the business centre use which is confined to one floor of the front building could be accommodated within the “special industry” use class which is also permitted under the GI zoning.
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