Irish Life Public Realm | Dublin | 2016

Irish Life campus brought into the 21st century with large scale makeover

Irish Life wanted to modernize their existing campus in the heart of Dublin. They needed to bring it back to life and inject a freshness for all the staff based in their Abbey Street campus, which 15,000 people transit every day. This particular project entailed the replacement of 2 Generator Systems with temporary Generators being hooked up to facilitate the live changeover to the new generators which were installed below ground. Liaison with ESB networks was of paramount importance to the success of this project. Regular weekly meetings were held with the M&E consultants, electrical services subcontractor, generator specialist and all project stakeholders to ensure the campus did not lose power.

Collaborative working with KSN, Urban Solutions, FKP Architects and Homan & O’Brien, was the key ingredient to the successful of this project in a highly challenging live environment. The iconic water feature to the front of the building was reinstalled and protected during the works. Over the course of the project, the campus was rejuvenated and brought to life with new paving to the main entrance area and the redecoration of the existing façade. We installed a number of quirky areas including a secret garden, new patterned paving and a new canopy with featured lighting. The result was a campus that mirrors the vision of the client, a bright, fresh and energized campus where Irish Life employees have the office space to bring new ideas into being.

Optimized Irish Life Mall At Night


Irish Life’s campus is a landmark property in Dublin 1. The refurbished campus is now one that stands out and is an appealing place for both clients and potential new staff to join. The building itself has been giving a new lease of life and resulted in a very happy client.


KSN, Urban Solutions, FKP Architects, H&OB, BSLA, Horgan Lynch

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Cormac McKenna

Cormac McKenna

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