Symantec’s new European HQ, which opened in January 2016, is a simply stunning project and one of the largest single undertakings on our list, involving transforming 100,000 sq. ft of an industrial style warehouse into beautiful open plan office space for more than 400 staff.
The build involved stripping the original space back to its skeleton, rebuilding it inside and out as well as landscaping of the grounds outside. The interior was re-purposed to include open plan floor space, conference and meeting rooms, full kitchen, and all the facilities that a company at this level demands. The exterior now reflects the innovation being created within.
The design and finish of the interior workspace is truly remarkable and would be at home in Mountain View as it is in Dublin 15. That the transformation was done while staying within budget and on-time is all the more impressive.
Symantec is the leader in endpoint, email, data loss prevention and data centre security with the No. 1 market share leader in Web Security and Cloud Generation Security.
The project entailed the transformation of an existing production/warehouse facility, circa 9,000 sq.m. based in Ballycoolin Business Park into office space.
KMCS assisted the Work Place Project team headed by Sr. Global Project Manager Terry Hillyard to appoint the full design team, develop the brief and high-end specification, to expand the space using a central mezzanine, alteration, refurbish and fit out this existing facility. Open plan office area was provided for 400 persons, conference rooms, all hands areas, meeting areas, tea stations, a full production kitchen (service approx. 1200 covers daily).
This is supported by a high spec. IT, AV, Security and furniture installations.
The project was valued circa €26m and was turned around on a very tight programme of 31 weeks.
This project was challenging for a number of reasons particularly given the nature of the existing building (an existing spec developed warehouse) which was stripped back to its slab and steel columns, the proposed end-user requirements, the tight project programme and a tenant/landlord scenario.
This project was a success due to the focus and dedication of the entire design and construction team of which teamwork and fast on-site resolution of issues produced an end result which is exceptional.
This Symantec owned building will be used in the future for Symantec expansion space and is currently let to Veritas Technologies a leader in Business Information Management.