Originally constructed in the 1970s as an 8,500m² three-block office building over six-seven storeys, Baggot Plaza boasts a prime location at the heart of Dublin’s Grand Canal commercial district.
Owners Kennedy Wilson sought to thoroughly modernise the building through extension and refurbishment. RKD Architects developed the successful planning application to increase the building’s nett lettable floor area to 12,000m², which was granted in March 2015.
With construction beginning that same month, RKD subsequently led a multidisciplinary design team to deliver this complex redevelopment project in budget and on time within a challenging 15-month construction schedule.
The redevelopment kept the shell of the original building with its three-block arrangement: Block A (6,000m²) fronts on to Fleming Place; Block B (4,000m²) interconnects Blocks A and B and facilitates access to both Baggot Street and Fleming Place; and Block C (2,000m²) fronts on to Baggot Street proper.
The existing concrete structure was retained and extended, with flexible design proposals adapting to the constraints of a mass concrete frame. The entire building was re-clad externally with the introduction of red sandstone to the primary Baggot Street elevation and coloured horizontal tile cladding to the remaining façade.
Design modifications enabled the connection of the two building entrances off Baggot Street and Fleming Place. These entrances were then connected via a new internal ‘street’, which in turn connects each of the three existing blocks and provides opportunities for future multi-tenancy within the building if required.
In June 2016, the building was handed over to the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland, who have taken a 25-year lease on the entire building.
In January 2017 the project achieved LEED Gold sustainable certification.
17,000 sq. m.