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DAA begins €10m office development at Dublin airport

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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is to spend an estimated €10 million on the redevelopment of the former Aer Lingus head office at the airport. It is part of the first phase of a planned 70-acre business park aimed at international high-tech companies involved in research and development as well as other service industries.

Work is to start later this month on the regeneration of the 45-year-old block which is to get a Grade A specification, a LEED gold certification and an A3 energy rating before it is ready for fit-out by the end of the year.

The six-storey over basement building with a floor area of 8,300 sq.m (89,400 sq.ft) will in future be known as One, Dublin Airport Central. PJ Walls has been appointed as design and build contractors, while Henry J Lyons are acting as architect and design consultants.

Letting agents Bannon and BNP Paribas Real Estate are reporting “significant interest” in the block even before the formal launch, saying that it would appeal particularly to large multi-national corporations looking for a European or EMEA headquarters. The layout of the building will allow it to be leased to a single tenant or on a multi-let basis because of plans to provide a dual access reception area.

The regeneration process will include a new triple-glazed façade, improved insulation, flexible layout and the installation of T50 broadband throughout. About 60 jobs will be created during the construction phase and an estimated 700 people will be based there when the offices are fully let.

The airport site has 1,500 local and national bus and coach movements on a daily basis. It also has a sophisticated information technology infrastructure, round the clock security, a wide range of restaurants and bars, a fitness centre and a large number of sports facilities.

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Reported in The Irish Times