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Iveagh Garden Hotel

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Iveagh Garden Hotel Executive class

The revival of Dublin’s prestigious Harcourt Street has continued with the completion of the stylish new four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel this March.

Designed for the professional sector, this is the latest addition to seasoned hoteliers Brian and Sally McGill’s portfolio, which includes neighbouring Harcourt Hotel and Harrington Hall.

It is also the sixth hotel to open on the landmark street and boasts 152 bedrooms ranging from deluxe to premium suites, with balconies overlooking the historic Iveagh Gardens.

The project to create the hotel involved the conversion of an existing Georgian building and former office building to rear, as well as the addition of a further two floors.

The hotel’s stunning new interior was created by John Duffy Design Group.

Kathy Ryan, interior architect at John Duffy Design said: “For the reception, we used vibrant patterned porcelain tiled patterned flooring as a nod to the building’s Georgian style, and combined this with a brass, acrylic and marble reception desk to give a sense of timeless glamour.

“These layers are offset against deep rich tones of timber joinery with inset brass detailing, decorative plastered panels and a stone fireplace which brings warmth & comfort to an inviting reception space.”

Custom-made mid-century style furniture fills the space with bold colours, mixed with bespoke geometric carpets and lighting, it creates a contemporary style against the original Georgian windows.

The foyer leads to the main bar/bistro through impressive ebony stained timber screens with tall double doors into the two-tiered area, part of which is crowned by a striking tall roof light.

There is a further large roof light over a wall of ochre brick, which leads to the external terrace of planting, tiered awnings and hard landscaping.

The extensive bar consists of a bar front in vivid emerald green marble, inlaid with a geometric patterned brass design, with a timber and marble top.

The back bar has a deep ebony cornice with antique mirror and brass inlay, and illuminated textured glass cabinets to display an extensive range of drinks.

This multi-functional space has a split level ceiling height, with the upper ceiling clad in a white painted wood pattern of converging intersecting lines, to give an interesting texture and contemporary dimension.

Kathy Ryan continued: “The bar and outdoor terrace overlooks the Iveagh Gardens, which serves as a backdrop, and we brought greenery inside with hanging baskets under the roof light and indoor ivy on wall trellises, so it feels like an extension to the gardens.

“We selected a palette of contemporary colours including gold, rusty reds and dark timber tones to add warmth. These mixed with marble, brass, mirror and brick add to the richness of materials and texture.”

The Iveagh Garden offers four types of bedrooms, including boutique city pod rooms, executive guest rooms, Georgian rooms and suites, some of which overlook the magnificent three-hundred-year-old Iveagh Gardens which is open to the public.

The Georgian guest rooms are located at first floor level, overlooking Harcourt St and incorporate original features, including magnificent tall windows affording plenty of natural light. These rooms feature luxurious upholstered bed headboards and an eclectic mix of furniture.

The city pod bedrooms are at just 11m² including bathroom, and offer a boutique contemporary style for the millennial traveller, where space is kept to a minimum, but has every comfort within its small footprint.


Iveagh Garden Hotel on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
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Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms

Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms is a designer and manufacturer specialising in the creation of kitchen and bedrooms. The company makes all products in-house in Donegal, which ensures a fast turn around and quality control.

Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms has been in operation for 23 years, working on various projects throughout the hospitality and leisure industry. At present, the company is working on Center Parcs Longford – currently one of Cherrymore’s largest jobs in the country.

Recently, Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms was involved with Iveagh Garden Hotel. Working on this project, the company was responsible for the design and kitchen fit out at the hotel.

Harry Mc Laughlin, Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms, said:

“It was great to be involved with this project. Thousands of people will see our products and the work that we have delivered.”

Harry added:

“At Cherrymore Kitchens & Bedrooms we pride ourselves in our high-end products and competitive prices.”


Tom Doyle Supplies

Tom Doyle Supplies are one of Ireland’s leading specialist tile and bathroom retailers. The company sources quality tile and bathroom products from around Europe, bringing them to the Irish market, and has extensive experience in the delivery of a wide range of large commercial and domestic projects.

Tom Doyle Supplies has been in business for 45 years, building up a wealth of experience across the hospitality sector. Recent projects include Sandymount Hotel, Blarney Woollen Mills, Royal Marine Hotel, Marlfield House, Amber Springs Hotel and Druids Glen Hotel, as well as work for The Griffin Group and projects within The Talbot Collection.

Most recently, Tom Doyle Supplies was involved with the work on Iveagh Garden Hotel in Dublin. Working on this project, the company supplied tiles to the bathrooms and public areas.

Amanda Whitmore, Marketing Manager for Tom Doyle Supplies, said:

“We are delighted to have been involved with this project and to add this beautiful hotel to our portfolio. The entire project was delivered smoothly and working on the tile selections from an early stage with the clients and designers was a pleasure.”

Amanda added:

“At Tom Doyle Supplies, we pride ourselves in our high levels of customer service. Our team aim to consistently deliver high quality tile & bathroom products to our customers in a professional manner, at a fair price and always aiming to exceed their expectations.”


City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd

City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd is a highly experienced glazing applications specialist, with services including the supply and installation of glazed shopfronts, double glazed units, mirrors, table-tops and safety glass. City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd has been in operation for more than 60 years and is one of just a few companies in Ireland that specialise in the manufacture, supply & fitting of aluminium Secondary Windows.

Recent projects for City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd include the Shelbourne Hotel, Kildare Village Outlet, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City University and a flagship store on College Green for H&M. Regular clients include CDETB, OPW, HSE, Veolia (Luas), Graham Asset Management and Elliott Group.

Most recently, City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd have been involved with Iveagh Garden Hotel, supplying and fitting high-energy double-glazed units to the windows of the hotel, along with slim line, sound reducing, aluminium secondary windows to the front of the building. In addition, the company supplied and fitted mirrors, glazed shower screens and large high-spec units to roof lights.

Michaela Byrne, City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd, said:

“We really enjoyed being a part of this project and seeing it develop from an idea to completion. It involved a wide variety of glazing works throughout all development stages and was an exciting, fast paced work environment. It was a pleasure to work with both the McGill team and JDDG on creating this new hotel.”

Michaela added:

“At City Glass & Glazing (Dublin) Ltd, we pride ourselves on our good reputation, the quality of our work and our old fashioned values. With over 60 years in the industry, many of our clients continue to deal with us, building excellent relationships based on trust and reliable good service.”


“E” rated bank to “A” rated hotel

When Brian McGill took over the former KBC Bank Building in Harcourt Street to develop a 155 bedroom hotel his vision was to create a low energy building running on renewable energy to deserve the name Iveagh Gardens. This idea has now blossomed, creating a flagship building transformed from an E3 to ‘A3’ energy rating with EXCEED certification through multiple energy measures that go beyond traditional practice and set new standards others can aspire to.

Mr McGill’s willingness to invest in a full blown renewable energy system allowed Eurotech to deliver extraordinary results using up to twenty different measures, to create new build efficiencies, while dealing with a structure which was over 40 years old.

Gerard Duffy of Eurotech Renewables Ltd, said Eurotech seized the opportunity to use their experience in renewable design through mechanical and energy management to deliver a revolutionary energy solution in conjunction with Mechanical Consulting Engineers GNCE, led by Glenn Nunan. Eurotech had previously worked with GNCE on the Dalkey apartment’s project to deliver an A2 in 2010 using Ochsner Air heat pumps in a district heating scheme to 50 apartments.

“The Iveagh Gardens project offered a new challenge, beginning with E3 and targeting an A rating was enormous especially as the building structure was not being changed. Mr McGill was unstoppable, he challenged everybody involved in the project to aim higher and convinced SEAI to back the project through EXCEED. This ambitious plan drove the project, the building team bought into the dream and everybody contributed. Mr Duffy said: “It was an opportunity he longed for.”

To counter balance the high energy consumption for this hospitality project required renewable energy to replace fossil fuels completely.

Eurotech embraced this challenge by increasing energy retention, lowering energy consumption and providing energy storage to achieve the minimum operating energy requirements for cooling, heating and hot water, the base electrical load to run the system was generated on site to eliminate grid losses.

Site investigations revealed sufficient energy available from the underground river to supply the thermal energy required to the building and catering processes. Using the underground energy provided the opportunity for free cooling and free energy exchange and supplemented the energy shortfall for heating and hot water using direct energy exchange to the operating efficiency of the system to 750% dropping back to 500% on low demand.

On-site generation of electricity to provide the primary energy for heat pumps, system pumps etc eliminated traditional electrical inefficiencies and increased carbon savings by 50% on electrical use.

Gerard said: “The Iveagh Gardens sets a new bench mark for residential buildings; it proves the value of deep retrofit in conjunction with renewable energy. The re-generation of a 40-year-old concrete building with low energy requirements creates a sustainable future for the building and business in a unique location with no environmental impact.”

Power generated on site is used to transfer energy from the underground river for cooling and heating, kicking off an energy exchange system where surplus heat from south facing rooms is handed over to north facing area at zero carbon and near zero cost. Energy generated in the cooking kitchen is recycled through a radiant exchange process and used for heat and hot water for the building. The piping network system transporting the energy through the hotel is engineered to conserve heat having very low thermal properties bordering on zero heat loss. Smart control, thermal storage and efficient lighting reduce consumption by 40%, lowering the overall energy requirements and carbon footprint of the building.

Gerard commented:

“Iveagh Garden brings people closer to nature and demonstrates how vision is more important than all alternatives. Brian’s passion for nature is re-paid by nature; the energy to drive the hotel is natural, clean and sustainable.”


Irish company delivers bespoke furnishings and furniture for Iveagh Gardens Hotel

Tracing its roots back almost 130 years, GDC Ireland specialises in the design and installation of exclusive interior furnishings for the hospitality sector.

The company has been involved in refurbishing some of the UK and Ireland’s most iconic hotel properties, working alongside prestige brands such as Radisson and RIU Hotels.

As the first self-powered hotel in Europe and a flagship project for Dublin, GDC Ireland was delighted to come on board for the manufacture and installation of the interiors at the ground-breaking Iveagh Gardens Hotel.  Partnering with highly-esteemed Dublin design house, John Duffy Design Group, GDC Ireland’s team was instrumental in creating a decadent and stylish look for both the public spaces and bedrooms within the hotel.

This process included the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture, upholstered in exclusive fabrics, to accentuate the ultra-hip bar, lobby area and bedrooms. This represented a huge amount of work conducted in close collaboration with the designer team and the hotel management to achieve a distinctive and luxurious result that has been making headlines since the hotel’s recent opening.

GDC Ireland are passionate about design that really works – their team of furniture manufacturers and project managers collaborate to ensure their work strikes a careful balance between panache and practicality, style and substance, every time.

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