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  • Client Heron Property Ltd
  • Location Galway
  • Duration 52 weeks
  • Completion November 2004
  • Value £15m


The SAP Global Support Centre in Galway is undoubtedly the flagship in the Heron Bros. Ltd. fleet of projects and has won the RIAI award for best building in the West of Ireland region.

The works comprised the development, construction, fit-out and leasing of 50,000 sq. ft. state of the art environmentally friendly sustainable office development that is heated and cooled using its thermal mass.

The building is the main headquarters for a shared services software company, servicing small to medium enterprises, on a Global basis in 14 differing languages. Two 3 storey office plates sit either side of a 51m x 16m wide clear span atrium that also provides a core stack effect. The atrium at all times has the same conditions as the external environment, with the tolerance of + or – 2 degrees. The design and construction teams involved in the project were from all over N. Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and mainland Europe, with the specialist atrium-glazing designers based in Munich and the specialist atrium contractor from Salzburg, Austria.

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Project Design

Concept Architect: Bucholz McEvoy Architect: Bucholz McEvoy Services Engineer: IN2 Engineering Structural Engineer: Pyper McLarnon

Key Features

  • 55,000 sq ft
  • First building in Ireland to be heated and cooled by its own thermal mass with an exact North South orientation to maximise the impact
  • Bespoke design to cater to SAPs exact working needs including open plan offices, data rooms, meeting rooms, break out spaces and café
  • Central core created an external environment internally and was used as part of the natural ventilation strategy to create a stack effect


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