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Bolands Quay Demolition of Silo buildings Completed

RTE news reported on the completion of the demolition of the silo buildings this week.

This clears the site and allows the start of the main contract works for the new office buildings

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Bolands Quay Development Website goes Live

Jacques D’Arcy;  BKD Architects Design Director interviewed for the Boland’s Quay Development marketing video along with Frank Daly of NAMA and Michael Cleary of Cleary Mc Cabe.

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Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre Refurbishment Works – Grant Planning Permission

BKD Architects are delighted to announce the grant of a planning application for redevelopment of the existing Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. The shopping centre was built in 1977, making it one of the first shopping centres to be constructed in Ireland. The centre has 5 retail levels with a rooftop car park and 4 storey office building overhead. The centre has 3 levels of mall accessible retail accommodation.

The proposed upgrade works consist of the reconfiguration of internal mall and retail space to provide new large format units at locations which will drive footfall through the centre and also works to the elevations to announce the arrival of the reconfigured retail offer, creating visibility between internal uses and the surrounding streets and marking the entrances.

The proposal will also deliver a new anchor unit over two levels on George’s Street with the previous mall entrance becoming an on street entrance to the unit with a double height space just inside the doors providing a generous feeling of height and space on arrival. The existing windows are proposed to be reconfigured with a new stone cladding surround. Above Georges Street a long horizontal feature window is proposed to denote the position of the new proposed Anchor unit and to promote maximum visibility of the retail offer from the street below.

To improve the quality of the pedestrian experience on George’s Street the brick pilasters between the shop fronts will be re-clad with an off white coloured granite cladding and the soffit overhead will be finished with a new coat of white render.

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Bolands Quay Official Marketing Launch

Official Marketing Launch of Boland’s Quay

Mark Reynolds of Savill’s, the Nama-appointed receiver to the site, will officially launch the marketing of the Boland’s Quay project this evening – 06/04/2016.

The development will be marked by three tapering, signature buildings set around new public space on the canal dock edge. The eclectic mix of refurbished industrial heritage structures, high quality contemporary new build, new public streets and the connection to the water will deliver a unique experience in this part of the city.

When complete the development will deliver  37,000 m² of  commercial, residential, restaurant, café and a cultural exhibition space.

A new pedestrian bridge, two new civic plazas with water frontage to Grand Canal Dock and a cultural/community space of 549 m² (5,910 sqft) are also included.

The principal historic buildings on the site are two six-storey stone warehouse buildings dating from the 1830’s, as well as a number of buildings on Barrow Street dating from the 1870’s.

Link to the Irish Times article –

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26/27 Grafton Street – Granted Planning Permission

BKD Architects are delighted to announce the grant of a planning application for redevelopment of the existing 26/27 Grafton Street building.The design concept aims to achieve a high-end contemporary expression with a particular material quality for a refurbished 1970’s building located in the heart of the Grafton Street.

A large new retail unit extends from basement  to first floor, with refurbished office floors above. The challenge is to create a contemporary and unified expression for the different space uses behind the facade which sits comfortably in the established and much-loved composition of Grafton Street.