ESB headquarters to be ‘exemplar of sustainability’

PJ Hegarty & Sons have been appointed contractors for the €150m redevelopment of ESB’s Dublin 2 head office site at Lower Fitzwilliam St.

ESB headquarters to be ‘exemplar of sustainability’

The new-build offices, close to 500,000 sq ft and set to be one of Dublin’s largest single office blocks rising in part to seven storeys, will ironically deliver a “near zero energy building,” and promises to be “one of the most efficient and sustainable commercial office developments in Dublin city.”

Planning came via An Bord Pleanála in 2015 for a design by Grafton and O’Mahony Pike architects. The work involves relocation of workers from the Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney-designed block put up in the 1960s to conservationist outcry after Georgian buildings were demolished.

This Hegarty-lead project involves demolition of existing buildings, retention and refurbishment of protected Georgian structures and the construction of a new seven-storey office block.

Works on the three-year, 500-job project starts this month, and ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty says “this building will be an exemplar of sustainability and innovation which reflects the ethos of ESB and it also respects the surrounding Georgian architecture.”

Hegarty MD John Hegarty adds they are “delighted to be selected by ESB to deliver this iconic building. We have a proud history of delivering buildings to the highest standard and look forward to working with the ESB on this prestigious project.”

It’s understood the development will be 50% occupied by the ESB, capable of accommodating 1,400 workers, with the balance to be let.

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