Apple are coming to take over Battersea Power Station. In 2009 NAMA swept in to take over the site and controversially sold it at a low point in the market. Commentators are very excited to see what Apple will do with the site, one of the highest profile development opportunities in the world.
As the Irish economy has recovered we are seeing increased interest amongst our developer clients in modern, sustainable building plans. Hines will lead the charge here with a team of international architects designing different elements of the new Cherrywood land bank. It is great to finally see developers looking beyond these shores for design inspiration. This article showcases the kind of cutting edge design that is happening as close by as London and the US. Let's hope that our planners and advisors will encourage the development community to take edgier, more modern approaches to the design and installation of new buildings in Dublin and beyond.
Earlier this week, Apple - considered by some as one of the shining lights of an energy-efficient company - announced it was going to transform Battersea Power Station into its new London Headquarters. Given the tech giant’s recent strong track record for promoting renewables, the potential transformation of the now-defunct coal-chugging power station into an energy-efficient building – likely to be powered by clean energy – perfectly encapsulates the global shift in how we source our energy and power our buildings. Of course, this is all hypothetical, but the ideate is built on a history of large corporations retrofitting - or in some cases building from scratch - new hubs or facilities that allow the corporate and sustainability aspect of companies to practice what they preach.