SANTANDER UNITY PLACE – Milton Keynes, UK
We are on track for MEP installation to complete by December 2022, with commissioning now underway for the March 2023 handover.
Central Plaza Dublin has been shortlisted as a finalist for Building Project of the Year 2022 at the Irish Building & Design Awards. The Update Group team is very proud to be associated with this project.
Left: Santander Unity Place
Right: Central Plaza
CENTRAL PLAZA – Dublin
After a four-year redevelopment programme and Covid delays, the hoarding has come down and the new Central Plaza Dublin on Dame Street and College Green has finally opened its doors as the latest addition to Dublin’s vibrant city centre.
This iconic building, designed originally by award-winning architect Sam Stephenson in the 1970’s, is truly one of the few buildings that identifies itself with Dublin. Formerly home to the Central Bank of Ireland, this unique structure now offers a mix of commercial, retail and food & beverage space. The addition of the hospitality rooftop venue with its 360-degree view terrace crowns off this famous building – and offers some of the best views of the Dublin skyline found anywhere in the city.
Update Group were responsible for all electrical works elements, which included new electrical infrastructure with security and fire safety systems. A new outside lighting installation was constructed, incorporating the latest ideas and features to enhance the structure and open up the new plaza area.
About Central Plaza
Acquired by Hines in 2017, in partnership with the Peterson Group in Hong Kong, Central Plaza is made up of a cluster of five upgraded buildings. Combining classical and contemporary architecture, the development forms a stunning two-tier town square to create a dynamic new destination for a modern workforce, shoppers and diners.
Designed by Henry J Lyons Architects, the redevelopment will bring more than 166,349 sq ft of retail, office and restaurants to Dublin’s City Centre. Main tenants include WeWork and AmTrust International. The project has been awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainability.
The plaza officially reopened in August 2022, and the walkway that links Dame Street to Temple Bar is also set to reopen, but on a phased basis.
HAMPTON BY HILTON – Dublin
This new hotel by JMK Group and operated by Hampton by Hilton, is a 249-room property located on Chancery Street close to the Four Courts complex in Dublin City Centre.
Update Group delivered all the building services for this project on a design and build basis. A busy and bustling location, it presented challenges in terms of logistics and managing the works safely.
Hotel facilities include a spacious lobby with attached bar and café area, adjoining restaurant, fitness centre and contemporary rooms.