Grangegorman Development

Client: The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA)/Dublin Institute of Technology – 73 acre City Centre Urban regen project
Project value: €800m+ (€300m build spend by 2017)
Project scale: 4.25m sq. ft. new build – (700,000 sq. ft. Educational, 150,000 sq. ft. Health care, 1,000 student accommodation beds by 2017).

The Grangegorman site comprises 73 acres and represents Ireland’s most significant State sponsored Inner City urban regeneration initiative. The site is designated as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) for the provision of amenities such as educational, community, cultural, health, and recreational facilities, as well as for accommodation and commercial activities.

Since 2007, WKN have been outsourced Development Managers and Strategic Property Advisors and professional team leaders to the GDA.

Key aspects of the WKN leadership role:
  • Managing appointed masterplanning team
  • Selection and Management of multidisciplinary team. (Architects, QS, Engineers, town planners, archaeologists, traffic etc) in the preparation of a strategic plan and integrating intelligence on design, cost, value, funding, phasing, procurement.
  • Advising on the commercial property potential of the site
  • Portfolio management and valuation of Dublin Institute of Technology existing portfolio.
  • Managing the preparation of the planning scheme for designation of Grangegorman as a Strategic Development Zone.
  • Coordination and scoping of the HSE decanting programme from St Brendans’s mental health facility.
  • Design Team assembly, coordination and leadership including delivery of St Brendan’s (Phoenix Care Centre).
  • Land assembly and development management.
  • Estate Management strategy.
  • Student Housing Advisory
  • Transactions
Key WKN Project Milestones:
  • 2007 – WKN appointed as outsourced Development Managers and Strategic Property Advisors to GDA.
  • 2008 – Grangegorman Masterplan.
  • 2010 – Planning permission for St Brendan’s Mental Health facility (Phoenix Care Centre) – 90,000 sq. ft., €18m build cost.
  • 2011 – Grangegorman Strategic Plan.
  • 2011 – Commencement of campus enabling works.
  • 2012 – SDZ planning scheme approved.
  • 2013 – St Brendan’s Mental Health facility opens.
  • 2017 – Phase 1 Completion.