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Eircom Network Management Centre

  • Architect:
    Scott Tallon Walker
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2001
  • Location: Dublin
Eircom Network Management Centre

Citation

Dublin (over £100,000)

A significant landmark building, effectively landscaped and responding to its motorway setting. It’s equally notable for the consistency and quality of its detailing. 

Clients Comments
The construction of the Network Management Centre in City West marked a new era for Eircom plc. The company is undergoing significant restructuring and wanted to make statement about its future. The building successfully addresses the site in this prominent location and the choice of materials is exceptionally well co-ordinated. The design and layout lends itself to the changing needs of the company and the quality of work and attention to detail are of the highest order. Running costs have been reduced due to the environmentally friendly design. The Architects successfully interpreted the brief to provide a new image and one which will be sustainable into the new millennium. 

Architects Comments
Eircom’s Network Management Centre is the nerve centre from which Ireland’s entire telecommunications network is monitored and run, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The site fronts onto the M7 motorway to the North and has views southwards to the Dublin mountains. The design is classical in composition. The Network Operations and the Technical Support offices are expressed as two distinct elements linked by a glazed reception hall. A 30m high telecommunications mast on a landscaped mound, which screens the services compound, punctuates the resulting T-shaped plan.

The Network Operations Centre forms the north leg of the T-plan. It is manned around the clock and air conditioned for comfort. The Technical Support offices are open plan and naturally ventilated. The south façade is fully glazed and is shaded by brise-soleil and a colonnade, which frames views of the Dublin mountains. Six service towers act as ‘buffers’ between the motorway and the Technical Support offices. The landscape design uses native trees and gentle contouring to create a series of external ‘rooms’ related to the internal spaces. The building is the most advanced example of green low energy design for an office building. The offices use thermal mass cooling, mixed mode displacement ventilation and heat recovery technology.