26/27 Grafton Street | Dublin | 2016

A complex build on Ireland’s busiest shopping thoroughfare.

Aviva Investors’ plan was to transform the dated property at 26/27 Grafton Street into a high-end contemporary space that would add to the elegance of Ireland’s busiest thoroughfare. We had successfully completed a logistically complex project for Aviva before, and they trusted us to implement its vision for this landmark property.

The property’s location on a bustling pedestrianised street meant that we had to work closely with Dublin City Council, Pearse Street gardaí and neighbouring business owners to minimise disruption. To ensure that the construction phase went smoothly, we carried out the majority of our demolition works at night, from 10.30pm to 6am. We also collaborated with the design team to develop the risk analysis and logistic strategies necessary to turn the building into a modern, cutting-edge property.

This was a five-storey development consisting of a large new retail unit extending from the basement to the first floor, with refurbished offices on the floors above. We used high-quality materials throughout, and the new space boasts clever geometrical design features and a professional, contemporary colour scheme. The property’s façade was of particular importance to our client. It is defined by a series of slender vertical anodised bronze elements, assembled in two interlocking patterns, one rising and one descending. A set of thin horizontal lines form a series of cornices, one at each floor level, picking up on the horizontal cornice lines on the neighbouring buildings.


The building is one of the first properties on Grafton Street to use a contemporary design. It fits comfortably into the established composition of the street but also adds to its character.

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Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend, OCSC Consulting, Burke Kennedy Doyle Architects, Barrett O‘Mahony