U2’s historic Dublin waterfront warehouse will now be restored and redeveloped

On July 24, 2018, local property developer IPUT plc announced that it had been given planning permission to redevelop and restore 30 – 32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in the docklands of Dublin, Ireland.

One of the last remaining original warehouses on Dublin’s quays, the historic building was previously owned by famed music group U2.

This historic building, which was originally used for the importation of tropical fruit into Ireland, sits on the waterfront facing the landmark Samuel Beckett bridge. Designed by Henry J Lyons Architects this cutting-edge scheme will deliver over 70,000 sq. ft. of unique river front offices and will include a new 6 story office block at the rear overlooking an existing public square.

IPUT’s Chief Executive, Niall Gaffney, said: “The Tropical Fruit Warehouse will be an exceptional building, a cutting-edge, efficient modern office space which also incorporates a thoughtful restoration of the historic warehouse buildings. This redevelopment will complement our existing office holdings in the immediate vicinity which extend to over 600,000 sq. ft. and is part of our long-term strategy to provide buildings that are recognised for the highest standards in design, functionality and sustainability credentials. We are excited about the unique letting opportunity that the Tropical Fruit Warehouse represents which will further support the anticipated 20% growth in our dividends over the next 3-5 years.

The original warehouse building will be sensitively restored and the design incorporates the addition of two floating, fully glazed office floors which will cantilever over the protected structure providing panoramic views over the River Liffey.

In keeping with IPUT’s development strategy, the building has been designed to meet the highest sustainability credentials and will also incorporate a significant investment in the public realm, creating a vibrant pedestrian connection to Whitaker Square from the River Liffey activated by a café and an artist studio at street level.

The project will be named the Tropical Fruit Warehouse in recognition of its unique history. Construction is due to commence in Q3 2018 for delivery to the market in Q4 2020.

All images courtesy of IPUT, Plc.

See IPUT website.

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