A major office transformation has just been completed at the Elmpark Green campus in Dublin 4. Chartered Land has invested over €45 million in completing the landmark eight storey Seamark building. Prominently located at the front of the campus with panoramic views over Dublin Bay, the completion of the Seamark marks the end of the core redevelopment work at the site.
The high-quality Grade A office building is the latest enhancement to the 750,000 sq. ft office and residential campus located on Merrion Road. The Seamark redevelopment works included a full reconfiguration of the building cores and a complete transformation of its interiors to the highest international standards. As Ireland’s first sustainable, mixed-use campus, The Seamark Building has a BER rating of A3 and a LEED rating of Platinum. Factors which contribute to LEED Platinum rating include its excellent location with access to amenities, services and housing, multiple transport links including bus and rail services and a local cycle network and generous open space and landscaping. In addition, the Seamark Building has installed water efficient sanitary fixtures and a centralised energy centre to manage the energy efficiency on site.
Every effort was made to keep the environment at the centre of the redevelopment from the vegetation on the campus itself utilising native and adaptive planting, to the healthy indoor environment with an emphasis on preventing air pollutants for occupants. Chartered Land’s Chief Executive Andrew Gunne noted that “increasingly energy efficiency and the workplace environment are becoming a major priority for businesses seeking high quality office space. The Seamark building is now well placed to meet these demands, providing an efficient work environment which also places a priority on employee wellbeing”.
The Seamark is the centrepiece of the Elmpark Green campus where there have been ongoing enhancements to improve wellbeing for employees and residents including the development of an 8,300 sq. ft gym, Giraffe creche facility, “The Art of Coffee” café and full concierge service. The campus has also seen the establishment of The Club, which provides a regular programme of events and activities for tenant companies, employees and residents to promote a healthy work/life balance. Coupled with the building’s picturesque seafront location, employee wellbeing is at the core of the Elmpark Green campus’ offering to prospective tenants.
Within the office market there is an increasing demand for flexible working spaces which was emphasised at every stage of the redevelopment project. The building can be split into two blocks which work independently of each other or can be seamlessly combined. There is even an option for letting on a floor by floor basis providing flexibility on both cost and space within the Building. The Seamark Building has been designed with full flexibility in mind. Both blocks work independently of each other or can be seamlessly combined. Each block has its own dedicated double height glazed reception allowing natural light to flood in.
The Seamark Building, located near Dalata’s new hotel development on the Merrion Road, offers state of the art facilities and amenities for tenants in Dublin 4. With up to 45% rental savings for occupiers compared with prime city centre rents, the Seamark represents significant value in an ideal location for large tenants that are looking to locate in an attractive and well-connected part of Dublin.
The office is quoting a rent of €35.00 per sq. ft on Net Internal Area, equivalent to €28 per sq ft on Gross Internal Area and the floorplates, which provide exceptional natural light, can provide for a range of occupier requirements from 10,000 sq. ft up to 182,500 sq. ft.
Given its attractive Dublin 4 location, adjacent to Ballsbridge and close to the city centre, the Seamark Building represents superb value for prospective tenants to join prominent businesses such as Allianz, Novartis and Willis Towers Watson who are already in situ on the Elmpark Green campus. Once fully let, the Seamark will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 people, bringing the overall number of residents and employees on site to 4,850.
Andrew Gunne said: “The Seamark Building delivers an excellent, ready to occupy, office building that can cater for a range of size requirements. The LEED platinum offices provide all the best in class performance specification which is further enhanced by, without doubt, the best views in the city.”
One of the major benefits of the Elmpark Green campus is its location, though just outside the city centre, the campus is well connected to key public transport routes. The campus is well-served with public transport links including a nearby DART and enjoys easy access to the City Centre, Port Tunnel, Dublin Airport and M50. The campus offers a dedicated shuttle bus connecting the campus with the N11 as well as Go Car and Bleeper Bike share services.
Positioned on Merrion Road with ease of access to the Port Tunnel, the Seamark Building is situated 15km from Dublin Airport. The location also provides easy access to Belfast and Northern Ireland. The N11 dual carriageway also offers direct access to and from the city centre. It features a Quality Bus Corridor (QBC) that provides public transport links to the City, the North, South and other surrounding areas.
There has been a growing recent trend for large organisations to locate just outside of the city centre to have more space and flexibility for their operations, with Facebook developing a major new complex at the former AIB Bankcentre and Microsoft investing significantly in its site at Leopardstown. The location is well suited for commuters, able to avoid the city centre entirely whilst still having quick and easy access through a range of public and private transport options when needed.
The Seamark Building has a whole host of amenities within easy reach. Ballsbridge, one of Dublin’s most charming suburbs, is a short stroll away. It’s bustling village atmosphere as well as its many restaurants, cafés and pubs make it an attractive place to visit. Close by you will also find the Aviva Stadium and the RDS. Meanwhile, local shopping centres, The Merrion and Blackrock provide a whole array of boutiques, shops and supermarkets to choose from. Right on your doorstep are some of Dublin’s best coastline stretches, with spectacular views across the bay to Howth. Also, just a stone’s throw from the campus, Sandymount Beach offers superb opportunities to get into the great outdoors with its long promenade and cycle track.