Capital Dock is strategically located in the heart of Dublin’s south docklands on one of the largest previously undeveloped waterfront sites in the Irish capital. Completed in 2018, the development delivers 60,000 sq m of mixed-use contemporary office, residential and retail units on a 4.8-acre site, offering a world-class visionary campus.
The unique urban quarter’s stunning views of the River Liffey and Grand Canal Dock are home to 35,000 sq m of office space and 190 high quality multi-family homes, including a 23-storey residential tower which is the tallest in Dublin. The planned Dodder Bridge, to be delivered by Dublin City Council, will considerably enhance transport links to the Capital Dock site, strengthening the development as one of the most accessible sites of the city. Elsewhere, the Port Tunnel will provide access to Dublin Airport, the M50 peripheral motorway and main suburbs of the capital on both sides of the Liffey.
We were delighted to support Kennedy Wilson on this scheme, with our team providing civil and structural engineering services and construction-related health and safety advisory input for the project, assisting in the creation of a new vision in Dublin’s thriving central business district.
Seven Separate Buildings
The Capital Dock development consists of seven separate buildings, ranging from three to 23 storeys, and a new public square – all constructed over a two-level basement. The site is bound on the north by the Liffey; on the east by the confluence of the Liffey and Dodder plus the Grand Canal; and to the south and west by existing development.
Office accommodation is arranged across two eight-storey and one seven-storey buildings with roof terraces.
Two of these buildings comprise steel frame structures with slim floor beams and composite deck floors, designed to allow for maximum flexibility for internal sub-division, with the structural steel required weighing in at 2,200 tonnes. The third building utilises a concrete frame with post-tensioned concrete floors, constructed over existing retained structures below ground level.
Three residential buildings; seven storeys in height, 10 storeys and the third a 23 storey feature tower at the north east corner of the site; were constructed from reinforced concrete frames with post-tensioned concrete floors. These buildings incorporate retail, café and community services facilities at ground level, and offer resident amenity services at first floor, including a gym, cinema room, conservatory, residents lounge and both business and management suites.
Finally, a three-storey pavilion building accommodates two restaurants which offer diners stunning views of the Liffey on one side and the new public square on the other.
Capital Dock’s stunning residential offering won ‘Housing Project of the Year’ at the 2019 Irish Building Design Awards (IBDA) and ‘Residential Project of the Year – Large’ at the 2019 Construction Industry Awards, before going on to win the ‘Residential’ award at the Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Awards in 2020.
Client: Kennedy Wilson