• 26 August 2020

Green light for Central Park next phase

The prestigious Central Park business park is about to see further expansion, with planning permission now granted by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for a major new three-block campus-style office development which will provide 47,000 m² of high-quality office accommodation for up to 3,700 workers.

One of Dublin’s most successful suburban developments, Central Park comprises commercial and residential real estate assets in the Dublin suburb of Leopardstown. The existing commercial component of the Central Park development comprises seven modern office buildings and a retail/restaurant building, providing almost 700,000 ft2 of space, together with a further 3 ha of development land. Block H, an eight-story building offering 15,200 m2 of Grade A office space including a triple basement with 300 car parking spaces, won commercial project of the year at the 2019 Irish Construction Industry Awards, and blue chip companies such as Allied Irish Bank, Google and Genesis have all now taken tenancies at the campus.

The development offers both commercial tenants and residents a unique shared user experience, something which Central Park call the ‘Live Work Grow Community’. Bringing together all who live and work at the campus, everyone can join in with a range of events and activities, from health and wellbeing sessions, to fitness classes and team sports.

Central Park’s three new buildings will be six to eight storeys over lower ground floor and basement, whilst parking for up to 474 vehicles and 474 bicycles is to be provided in the basements. The new buildings will be located close to the dedicated stop on the LUAS light rail system and the Sandyford exit from the M50 Dublin peripheral motorway and occupants will also benefit from local bus services, including a shuttle bus service which links directly to the DART suburban rail system.

Designed by leading architects, HJ Lyons, the stunning stone and glazed curtain wall- clad buildings are arranged around a large landscaped podium with extensive planting, soft landscaping and a water feature. The beautiful gardens will be a feature public space with a Wellness Centre which all occupants of Central Park will benefit from.

Waterman Moylan were delighted to be appointed by Henderson Park Capital to provide all civil, structural and traffic engineering services to support the planning stage design for the development.

Sustainability was of paramount importance to Henderson Park Capital and our designs incorporated substantial SuDS measures, including green roofs on all three buildings, with swales and filter strips included within the large external public gardens. Along with permeable or pervious paving for paved areas, these measures help to further boost the site’s drainage capacity by reducing the volume of rainwater eventually finding its way to the drainage system. Surface water will drain to a large attenuation tank, designed to retain the 1 in 100-year storm, before being gradually released to the public sewer system.

Waterman Moylan’s Director, Richard Osborne, said: “I am very pleased to see the latest three blocks at the landmark Central Park development being granted planning permission. The new development will complement the existing facilities, also adding a stunning external landscape space for all occupiers to enjoy. We look forward to developing the detailed design for the buildings over the coming months.”

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