The 1.2 hectare/ 3 acre site is located on the banks of the Dodder River at the north eastern corner of one of the finest public parks in Dublin, Herbert Park. The semi triangular site adjoins a neglected corner of the park and provided the opportunity to create a new public promenade connecting Herbert Park, for the first time, to the commercial heart of the local neighbourhood of Ballsbridge and also to create a civic access which the park currently lacks. The river bank is also opened up with a new walkway along its edge and a new road bridge connecting the site to the adjoining river bank.
The northern side of the promenade is flanked for its entire length by the six storey Herbert Park Hotel, with a 150 bedrooms and suites. The open plan ground floor with extensive glazing offers prime views from the restaurants and bar across the park and a series of public entrances off the promenade animate and supervise the new street. The south side of the site is bounded by the River and accommodates a triangular high specification 6000sqm office building which steps from three stories to six storeys and announces the entrance to the promenade from Ballsbridge.
The residential element located to the west of the offices building comprises a serpentine plan of two opposing curved blocks of seven storey apartments. The curved facades enclose a private open space beside the river and a public open space in Herbert Park. Parking for 500 cars is located in an extensive basement. Generously sized 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments with large balconies are the norm with large penthouses benefiting from expansive views across the city and out to sea.
The project pioneered demolition recycling and employed a crushing plant on site to convert the old bakery building into hard-core fill for the site works. It is also the location for one of the first CHP plants in Ireland. The façade treatments were also a first with GRC panels used extensively for the first time on a residential development.