The Sidings by Bartra

Large, flexible office development in the heart of Silicon Docks

  • Location Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
  • Sector Commercial
  • Project Status Works Ongoing

Employees in the heart of Dublin’s thriving tech hub will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Docklands’ skyline from sustainable workspaces when a ground-breaking building opens for business. From top to bottom, The Sidings on Clanwilliam Terrace has been designed to house Ireland’s most environmentally and employee-friendly workspaces. Located in Grand Canal Dock, the office block has all the credentials to become an iconic structure when it is completed in the second quarter of next year.


It is the country’s first ‘triple-platinum’ construction project, with its eco-friendly features and focus on staff wellbeing recognised by industry leaders. On the tenth storey, there are two fully glazed penthouse floors and a large wraparound terrace with a 190-metre landscaped walkway – where workers can recharge the batteries. The ground floor has dedicated street-level access to secure parking for almost 200 bicycles, and the bike storage area also includes repair stations, clothes driers and showers, and lockers for cycling commuters.


There is also a bright and spacious glass-fronted foyer with coffee bar, where staff can relax before entering high-speed lifts to the floors above. The cutting-edge design also includes ‘touchless’ floor spaces which operate without the need for doors on the main office access points. Natural brick and glass facades, meanwhile, enhance employee comfort by keeping temperatures stable and reducing outside glare.


The innovative building is bound to attract strong interest from blue-chip operators already established in Ireland, or tech companies eager to establish a base in one of Europe’s leading technology hubs.

“The Sidings will provide tenants with high-quality office spaces and low utility costs while helping to preserve the environment,” said Paul McGrath, Commercial Real Estate Director at the site’s developer, Bartra.

“The spacious and bright floorspaces, which range from 1,800 sqm to 2,285 sqm, have been designed to support and enhance market-leader aspirations.”

“The ceilings are high, reaching 2.8 metres on every floor,” he added.

“All of the office floors have super-efficient cores, large nine-metre spans – and few if any columns, so layouts adapt with ease to accommodate growing teams.”

  • Designed by Dublin-based TOT Architects, The Sidings was awarded LEED Platinum status by the US Green Building Council, a not-for-profit organisation which recognises the highest levels of green building performance.
  • The building boasts impressive water-conserving fixtures, achieving an overall water usage reduction of over 50%, an overall energy saving of 43.6% over projected costs, and almost all (93%) of non-hazardous waste during the 20,000 sqm building’s construction will be recycled.
  • Tech specialists WiredScore also awarded the building a prized platinum rating after assessing the quality of its wired and wireless networks.
  • ActiveScore, the global leader in promoting greener ways to travel to work, made it a platinum triple after the cyclist-friendly design was given the thumbs up.
  • The building has been pre-assessed for WELL certification if the tenant is interested in pursuing it.


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