Signing of BCM Hanby Wallace for Grand Canal Square

CHARTERED LAND, one of Ireland’s leading commercial property companies, announced that BCM Hanby Wallace has signed legal documentation to occupy over 150,000 sq ft of office space at Number 2, Grand Canal Square. The law firm is currently located on Harcourt Street and expects to move to its new home in early 2010.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Dominic Deeny, Chief Executive, Chartered Land, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome BCM Hanby Wallace to Grand Canal Square. The move reinforces the emergence of Grand Canal Square as one of Dublin’s most exciting and dynamic new business districts and we wish the partners and staff of BCM Hanby Wallace every success in its new location.’

Set in the heart of Dublin’s south docklands, Grand Canal Square was designed by acclaimed international architect Daniel Libeskind and is rapidly becoming the commercial and cultural heart of the city. Its three office buildings, totalling 380,000 sq ft, each enjoy their own distinct identity with sculptured elevations and high performance thin flue glazed facades. The office space has been designed and built to exacting standards and is arranged around spacious full height atriums.

Also speaking at today’s announcement, Paul McGennis, Managing Partner, BCM Hanby Wallace, said: ‘Grand Canal Square is the perfect location for our new headquarters and we are particularly excited about the forthcoming move. The building’s state-of-the-art facilities, unique setting and central location will provide us with additional space in which to further expand and develop our business and will provide our staff and clients alike with a fantastic working environment.’

Grand Canal Square is one of a number of major new office developments by Chartered Land. The developer is also building 30,000 sq ft of office space on Clarendon Row, adjacent to St. Stephen’s Green which is due for completion in December and recently submitted a planning application to Fingal County Council for an expansion of Swords Pavilions which includes over 160,000 sq ft of office space.

The development is situated in an area of Dublin city which is seeing unprecedented investment in public transport infrastructure. The area is served by the DART at Grand Canal Dock station, and on completion will be joined by the new C1 Luas line and the four-lane Samuel Beckett Bridge which will link Grand Canal Square with the National Conference Centre. The area surrounding the development boasts an abundance of restaurants, bars and convenience stores. Dublin’s south docklands is also home to O2, Beauchamps, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, McCann FitzGerald and HSBC.

Marcus Wren, Director of Offices with Bannon who acted for the developer, said: ‘Grand Canal Square has attracted considerable interest from a large number of major domestic and international corporate occupiers and we are confident that the scheme will be entirely pre-let upon completion next year. It is refreshing to be in a position to announce such positive news and this letting reinforces the confidence that major companies such as BCM Hanby Wallace have in Ireland’s future as a major European economy.’