Dec 05, 2018

The Digital Hub selects architect and project management firms to support its development

2.6 acre Windmill Site set for further re-generation

The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest and most established cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies, has announced the appointment of Scott Tallon Walker Architects and KSN Project Management to support the development of The Digital Hub.

 

Following an EU-wide tendering process, Scott Tallon Walker Architects has been selected as the Design Team and KSN Project Management as The Digital Hub’s project management services provider up until 2022.  Both companies will support the vision of The Digital Hub in developing a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8.

 

One of the key parts of The Digital Hub campus relates to a 2.6 acre site on the northside of Thomas Street, Dublin 8, known as ‘The Windmill Site’ and incorporates the well-known landmark of St. Patrick’s Tower and two of The Digital Hub’s flagship office spaces comprising ‘Digital Depot’ and ‘The Grainstore’.  The development of a master plan for the Windmill Site is one of a number of projects, that Scott Tallon Walker Architects and KSN Project Management will be involved in at The Digital Hub.

Commenting on the announcement, Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub said: “Our mission is to develop a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8 that will have a tangible social, economic and community impact on our local Liberties community, while regenerating this historic part of Dublin city. We look forward to Scott Tallon Walker and KSNPM supporting us at The Digital Hub in realising our vision.  The Windmill Site has the potential of adding  significantly more space to our existing footprint.”

Work on the masterplan for The Windmill Site will be conducted on a phased basis with the initial focus on completing a cost benefit analysis and feasibility study for the site.  It is expected that masterplan will be concluded by the end of 2019 and will likely comprise of a mixed-use development including potential for a public space amenity.

Reacting to their appointment for this service contract, David Cahill, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects said: “We have had an involvement with the Liberties area going back to the ROSC Exhibition in 1984 when the Guinness Hop Store was redeveloped to provide an exhibition space for the creative arts.  In 2000 we were appointed to adapt the building to provide research space, and we see this latest appointment to The Digital Hub as a continuation of this journey and we are delighted to be involved. We also look forward to being part of the development team tasked with providing a vibrant, stimulating and sustainable urban regeneration project.”

Director of KSN Project Management Mark O’Neill said today “The Digital Hub project reflects the innovative ethos and collaborative approach that KSN PM take to all of our work and we are really looking forward to working with the team at The Digital Hub using our blend of new and established project management practices on this unique project.”

Scott Tallon Walker Architects (STW) has a breadth of urban design and planning experience, from inner-city regeneration to large scale masterplanning and more. Recent projects that the practice has been engaged on include the masterplan of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery in Cork City to provide a mixed-use urban regeneration project which includes a 6000seat arena, a 415 bed student accommodation building and commercial space. STW are also finalising the Wexford Quays Economic Action and Spatial Implementation Plan for Wexford County Council. The practice is also working with the Cherrywood Development Agency on the Urban Form Framework Plan for Cherrywood Town Centre and have just been appointed to prepare a masterplan for the future development of Carlow Institute of Technology.

KSN Project Management works with both public and private sector clients throughout Ireland.  Its diverse portfolio includes work across residential, commercial, education, hospitality & leisure and retail construction developments. Projects of note include project management services in the development of Heuston South Quarter and the UCD Sutherland School of Law.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub.  The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

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For further information, please contact:

Frans Van Cauwelaert; frans.vancauwelaert@ogilvy.com or 01 669 0155 / 087 947 6743

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies.  Almost eighty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ over 750 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Sonru, and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, and Software AG are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as  NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute. The Dublin International Film Festival are also based at The Digital Hub.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack, Stripe, TIBCO and VSware.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners.  For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at: www.thedigitalhub.com or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.

 

About Scott Tallon Walker Architects
Scott Tallon Walker Architects is a leading Architecture Practice that creates timeless, innovative and well-crafted buildings that enhance wellbeing, the public realm and the environment.

The five studios of Scott Tallon Walker have a long history of designing award winning projects within all development sectors. Regardless of scale, each project demonstrates a close relationship between technology and design, and we constantly explore the boundaries between style, innovation and the environment. We incorporate sustainable design solutions as an integral part of the design process from the earlies stages of a project through to completion and in-use.

For further information: https://www.stwarchitects.com/

About KSN Project Management
KSN PM is an established project management company based in Dublin, with a workforce of 40, working across a diverse portfolio including landmark developments such as the Sutherland School of Law at UCD, as well as commercial projects. The company approach is to use constructive and flexible processes, based on a complete understanding of client needs and to build strong and lasting relationships.  The company has strong industry links and brings a depth of experience and enthusiasm to the project.

Contact details: KSN PM : info@KSNPM.ie / +353 1 2776999