Monthly Archives: March 2017

Newsletter: March 2017

Hello and welcome to the STW March 2017 newsletter. The issue focuses on recent events and includes the completion of Miesian Plaza, progress at UCLH Proton Beam Therapy in London, and the Phase 1  planning permission for our 70,000 sq.m offices scheme at Leopardstown…….. and more.

We hope you enjoy reading our news.


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Miesian Plaza nears completion

The complex of three office buildings on Baggot Street are a Dublin Landmark recognised, as much for their transition from Georgian Dublin to higher development, as for their international flair.

Designed by Ronnie Tallon of Scott Tallon Walker Architects, the high-end corporate headquarters were constructed in two phases during the 1960s and 1970s.

The redevelopment provides ultra modern buildings with flexible, Grade A office accommodation, that are energy efficient and have the highest sustainability credentials.
The project is on target to achieve WELL Building Standard Compliance and the design goal of LEED v4 Platinum Rating for the building Core & Shell works.

Blocks 2 & 3, fronting onto Baggot Street have reached Practical Completion stage and are currently being fitted out for occupation. The larger Block 1 building is substantially complete and fit is due to commence shortly. On completion development will provide 21,843 sq.m or 235,120 sq .ft. of total net lettable accommodation.


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UCLH Proton Therapy gets underway on site

The First NHS Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Facility in the UK has started on site at Tottenham Court Road in London. Scott Tallon Walker (in association with Edward Williams architects) have led the design of this flagship project for University College London Hospital, from its initial feasibility stage.

The £200m Building will be a total of 34,500 sq.m, 4 floors (30 m) below ground housing the PBT gantries and six floors of short stay oncology surgical centre, including 8 Operating Theatres, diagnostic imaging services and 135 inpatient beds overhead.

The Design has been assessed as BREEAM Excellent and is a UK Government Exemplar Project for the use of BIM Level 2.

Proton Beam Therapy is the worlds most advanced form of radiotherapy which uses a precision high-energy beam of particles to destroy cancer cells.


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Cork – Brewery Quarter Student Accommodation gets Decision to Grant

The 413 Bedroom Student Accommodation development on the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery site in the historic medieval core of Cork city has received a Decision to Grant Planning Permission from Cork City Council.

The Brewery Quarter student housing is part of a wider mixed use urban regeneration project and overall urban design masterplan by Scott Tallon Walker which includes a new Events Centre and significant new urban realm to Cork city, including two new streets, two new foot bridges, a riverside walkway and a new city square.


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Planning permission granted for Leopardstown Offices

Full planning permission has been granted for Phase 1 of an office development in Sandyford, Dublin designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects for 1928 Properties Ltd. The development received approval in the minimum 8 weeks with no further information requests or third party submissions. This was, in part, due to the high quality of design created by STW to meet the Client’s brief and to comply with the onerous local authority requirements as well as the robustness of the planning application documentation which included an EIS.

The site is a ‘left-over’ back-land area surrounded by warehousing, highly engineered roads and motorways carrying heavy traffic. The design challenge was to transform this into a people friendly business destination and gateway into Sandyford. This involved also working closely with the Local Authority Traffic and Parks Departments on their proposed design for a relief road through the site transforming it into an urban tree-lined boulevard avenue that, in addition to creating a desirable business address, also connects directly with the Luas public transport and the urban centre of Sandyford.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects worked collaboratively with Mitchell + Associates Landscape Architects and O’Connor Sutton Cronin Engineers to create a high quality public realm and landscape setting that incorporates water attenuation as a natural feature to attract bio-diversity. Each building includes substantial facilities for cyclists. A single level basement car park extends under the buildings.

This first phase consists of three 5 storey buildings providing approx. 24,000 sq.m of office space. Each building is approx 8,000 sq.m with a central atrium allowing maximum flexibility for a wide range of tenants. High environmental standards are achieved with each building designed to be net zero energy through passive design measures, including building form, materials and photo-voltaic panels.


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66,000 sq.m Ulster University Belfast campus construction starts

Scott Tallon Walker Architects were appointed as Design & Build architects as part of the Belfast based Lagan Group and Portuguese Somague-Engenharia Joint Venture Team for the design development and construction of the new 66,000 sq.m. Ulster University campus. This project over trebles the size of the existing Ulster University Campus, and continues the return of Ulster University back into the city of Belfast, and into the Cathedral Quarter from its campus in Jordanstown (some 11 Km north of Belfast). The project includes new accommodation for five faculties, a new library and new student’s facilities, as well as alterations to the existing university buildings.

The scheme comprises a double basement with building blocks up to 11 stories in height that are interconnected at the lower levels, and a bridge over York Street connecting the new development to the existing University Building.

Construction on site commenced in mid 2016. Presently, the 30,000 cu.m. basement is now excavated with slabs and liner walls having been poured, as well as the adjacent building having reached 2nd floor level.


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Tender award imminent for Phase 1 of Peamount Healthcare

This is a new-build, 100-bed residential healthcare unit for Peamount Healthcare on their existing Campus in Newcastle, South County Dublin. It is approximately 6,700 sq.m over two floors, arranged as two interlocking squares with private courtyards.

The service is split equally between rehabilitation and elderly care residents. Scott Tallon Walker’s design is an outcome of a mindset of empathy; seeking to understand and envision the challenges, capabilities, perspective and experience of its future users as a means to inform design decisions. There is a dementia cohort with special design requirements accommodated within in the elderly care hospital. This design approach relates across all scales; from the building as a whole (the patient arrival journey is short, simple, and never disengaged from an outside view), down to detail (from the pillow of each bed the design provides a view of landscaped outdoor space and the Peamount estate’s parkland environment). The design thus seeks to positively support patient capabilities, autonomy and sense of self-significance, no matter how diminished those may be.

Full planning permission was obtained from South Dublin County Council in early 2016 and the Tender Process is in the evaluation stage with a contract award expected shortly. This building is the first phase of a Masterplan developed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects as part of Peamount Healthcare’s five year strategy to be an international leader in delivering and promoting rehabilitation and continuing care services.


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Minister turns the sod of New Trinity Business School

Education Minister Richard Bruton recently officiated at the sod turning of the new Scott Tallon Walker Architects designed Trinity Business School on Pearse Street .

Overall, the development will span about 11,400 sq.m, with six storeys above ground and two below. Included in the build will be a 600 seat auditorium, restaurant spaces for up to 200 people, smart classrooms with the latest digital technology, and a rooftop conference room.

The Dean of the School of Business, Professor Andrew Burke said: “Trinity Business School is growing rapidly and becoming a major force in the international management education market. We need a world class building commensurate with these ambitions. This iconic new building is purpose built to cater for the School’s focus on real business learning and exploration in a diverse facility that enables entrepreneurship, creativity, ethical reflection and cutting-edge business analysis”.

Minister Bruton said: “I am delighted to be turning the sod today for this new state of the art facility. The Trinity Business School is one of the leading providers of business education through its undergraduate, postgraduate and executive leadership training courses. It plays an important part in providing future business leaders who are educated to the highest standards and supports the growth of entrepreneurship across our economy”.


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RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award presented to Sean Mahon

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted to be associated with the RIAI in the launch of the “RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award” (the former RIAI Travelling Scholarship student award) in memory of Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ three founding partners, Dr. Michael Scott, Dr. Ronald Tallon and Robin Walker.

Congratulations to the winner Sean Mahon, to Matthew Webb (second place), and to Kate Rushe and Orla O’Donnell (joint highly commended)!

Sean Mahon commented that “The whole experience has been incredible and I am so honoured to have won, it means a huge amount to me personally and professionally.
To win an award bearing the name Scott Tallon Walker is an honour.”

The award aims to promote the study of contemporary architecture, encourage and foster architectural excellence among the student body, encourage and facilitate communications between the schools and provide a basis for growing awareness of the architecture in society through exhibitions and publications supported by the RIAI.


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