Iput and A&L Goodbody join forces to create Ireland’s most sustainable building

Law firm to relocate operations to Dublin Landings for duration of HQ redevelopment

Irish property company Iput Real Estate has entered into a partnership with A&L Goodbody with the aim of creating Ireland's most sustainable building through the redevelopment of the law firm's headquarters in Dublin's IFSC.

A&L Goodbody, the country’s largest law firm by solicitor numbers, has occupied 25 North Wall Quay since 2000 and has a long-standing relationship with Iput.

With the redevelopment of North Wall Quay expected to get under way this year and due for completion in 2024, Iput has agreed to accommodate A&L Goodbody for the duration of the works within its existing office portfolio across four floors at No 3 Dublin Landings, and at the Exchange in the IFSC.

The proposed redevelopment of 25 North Wall Quay will see the building’s existing footprint increase by 36 per cent to 14,400sq m (155,000sq ft) through the addition of two new floors, landscaped rooftop terraces, a new atrium to encourage collaboration and a new client floor at penthouse level. The redeveloped building will also include electric car charging stations, 200 bicycle spaces, 200 lockers, a fitness room and changing facilities.

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Minimised emissions

By retaining much of the property’s existing structure, the development’s embodied carbon will be reduced by 60 per cent. This will bring 25 North Wall Quay’s upfront embodied carbon level to less than 500kg CO2e per sq m, which is in keeping with Iput’s target for all of its developments by 2030. This will be measured throughout the development project and confirmed at practical completion, with all upfront embodied carbon offset through Iput’s transition fund.

The development’s operational carbon emissions will also be minimised through a highly efficient all-electric energy strategy which will be powered by on-site and procured renewable electricity. The building’s energy intensity is being designed to be less than 55kWh/m2/year. Iput will collaborate with A&L Goodbody to optimise the building’s energy performance, with smart metering installed to capture operational data.

The North Wall Quay scheme is expected to achieve leading global sustainability standards including an A3 Ber energy rating, LEED Platinum, Wired score Platinum, Well Gold, nearly zero energy building compliance and Cycling Score.

Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan is Acting Property Editor of The Irish Times