WATCH: Limerick’s Gardens International ‘on a par with offices in Dublin, London and New York’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

An impression of how the reception will look in the completed Gardens International building

An impression of how the reception will look in the completed Gardens International building

THE project manager behind Limerick’s Gardens International development has pledged it will be “on a par” with the very best office space across the world.

And it is also revealed today that the €18m euro facility on Henry Street will be completed in six weeks, with aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital set to take up more than half of the multi-level complex.

Aidan Malone has been overseeing the development since work commenced a year ago and says that now it is heading for the final stages, the emphasis on international best practice in the design and construction is becoming very evident.

“We’ve not seen anything like this in Limerick before, nor is there anything better than it anywhere else in the country,” he said.

“We are very proud of that fact. The standard we went for is Leed gold, which is the top standard for buildings internationally, and that says a lot about the ambition Limerick Twenty Thirty has and Limerick has generally today. It's pretty much on a par with developments which are being delivered into Dublin Docklands, and further afield as London, Europe and New York,” he said.

Mr Malone said the mix of old and new in the former general post office building also adds to its attractiveness.

“It’s a hugely interesting space, with stunning architecture weaving into the new elements. A very central element of the scheme is the restoration of the original structures. These structures date back 200 years when there were exotic roof gardens with fruits such as pineapples as well as oranges and grapes growing, hence the name of the building,” he explained.

The project manager said that Gardens, as the first major build in the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme, is a statement about the standards that the company intends to deliver.

“We are setting from the off, and intend maintaining, the highest standards.  Gardens has generated huge interest both in the Limerick market and globally and that’s why it has been able to attract a leading world player in its sector like NAC.”

David Conway, the chief executive of Limerick Twenty Thirty which is also charged with developing the old Cleeve’s factory, and Project Opera, said: “The Gardens International building is a hugely important project for us as it is the first major build we have undertaken as part of the wider Limerick Twenty Thirty programme.  

“We set a new standard for Limerick, in many respects for the country, with this project as we wanted to make a statement about where we are today as a city and a region. It’s a state-of-the-art project and a standard that we are going to maintain across everything we do at Limerick Twenty Thirty.”