M7 to improve Ballymount Logistics Hub in Dublin (GB)

M7 to improve Ballymount Logistics Hub in Dublin (GB)

M7 Real Estate (M7) has commenced an extensive programme of sustainability-focused works at Ballymount Logistics Hub, Southwest Dublin which is expected to be completed in September 2024. Once complete, M7 believes the project will have the best energy rating for a refurbished logistics unit in Ireland.


M7 has also instructed CBRE Ireland to market the c. 14,028m2 of modern, sustainable logistics space to occupiers.


Once the project is completed towards the end of this year, Ballymount Logistics Hub will be Ireland’s first refurbished Logistics unit to achieve an improved BER of A3. It is also projected to achieve a BREEAM In-Use certification of “Very Good”. Constructed in 1996, the property’s improved BER will significantly reduce energy costs for the new occupier, as well as having a positive impact on the environment, with an annual operational carbon emissions saving per year equivalent to the capture of 4,000 trees.


Situated in Southwest Dublin, the asset is in an established distribution location and benefits from excellent arterial connectivity with direct access to Junction 10 of the M50, providing links to Ireland’s wider motorway network.


M7 is at the forefront of the industry's realization that retrofitting existing buildings is crucial for meeting green targets and reducing environmental impact. Retrofitting allows for the recycling of materials and reduces energy consumption by 68% post-refurbishment.


The installation of LED lighting, EV charging points and an air source heat pump system are the main contributors to the high energy rating. However, outside of this M7 has also approached the project with a sustainability focus in order to reduce embodied carbon where possible. Materials that have EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations), have high levels of recycled content and those that can be sourced locally are prioritised. All timber used is FSC certified, ensuring that any timber is from legally harvested forests. In addition, during construction, the project is targeting to achieve 95% of all construction and demolition waste being recycled.


Ballymount Logistics Hub will incorporate a number of green space works which promote biodiversity, including the retaining of green space and introducing new planting to increase site biodiversity.


In addition to CBRE Ireland as sole agents, M7 has assembled a best-in-class project team led by Trident Building Surveyors and Project Managers, alongside O’Connor Sutton Cronin as multidisciplinary Consulting Engineers. Demac Building Contractors are delivering this ambitious project.


John Murnaghan, Managing Director at M7 Real Estate Ireland, commented: "As we continue our retrofit first approach to our portfolio through a rolling capital expenditure programme of sustainability-focused improvements, it is crucial that we create a cost-efficient, sustainable asset that will prove extremely attractive to potential occupiers. We continue to see robust demand for well-located, modern logistics assets with leading sustainability credentials and importantly, buildings in this size bracket face an acute lack of supply, particularly in Southwest Dublin. Once the works are complete, we expect this unit to be more energy efficient than the majority of newly built warehouses that are springing up around Dublin, especially when considering the huge environmental cost of development. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that this refurbishment will result in a staggering 70% saving in embodied carbon versus a full new construction.


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