Extract from main address given by Anne Fletcher Managing Director
We are delighted so many clients, fellow consultants and friends of the practice have joined us this evening.
All in the construction sector have come through challenging times and we are now in a new phase of positive growth, new challenges – a truly welcome and exciting time for all of us in the construction sector. In response to the new dynamics in the economy we have taken time to reflect, to plan for positive growth, to set out our goals and put in place strategies to achieve these. One of the key goals is creating a greater awareness within the wider market of the breadth of experience, the depth of skill and the quality of talent that is Coady Architects.
Our rebranding is just part of this.
Some of you know us well, others know us a little. We would like to share with you the Big Picture
We have come from the practice established by Jim Coady in 1989, to Coady Partnership Architects formed in 2002 to Coady Architects today which now has four directors, six associates and an overall staff of 45+. Starting in the 1980’s as specialists in Education we have grown to have a structure of four teams specialising in Health, Residential, Office Workspace and Education Sectors. We have expertise across the practise in Masterplanning, Urban Design, Building Design, Site Appraisal, Feasibility, Conservation and sustainable low-energy design. We work in Ireland and in Europe.
Our projects range from small bespoke projects to large scale developments.
I wonder if any in the room have been following the TV documentary “Designing Ireland.” Last week there was a striking story told of how Ireland has changed from a depressed economy with little innovative design skill in the visual arts, product design or architecture in the early 20th century to becoming a society where the best of modern design thrives and enhances every aspect of Irish life. It is an extraordinary tale of how Ireland looked abroad to bring best international practice home and make it our own. The story of the Scandinavian designers brought in at the foundation of Kilkenny Design Workshops in the 1960’s was told. Before that the likes of Michael Scott and others travelled and studied with Mies Van Der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn. Our own Eileen Grey, now at last much feted, created forward looking designs long ahead of their time influenced by the vibrant artistic world of Paris at the time. This international influence generated a new dynamic in Irish Design which thrives today. Ireland is now a place of excellence in design.
Excellence is a choice – it is the choice of Coady Architects. And like those recorded in the TV documentary, we have looked abroad to learn and foster excellence in design – we deliverer it here in Ireland and we are also bringing our skills to Europe.
In 2008 we were invited to join Perspective Architectural Group, a network of design partners with over 260 staff in ten architectural practices across Europe. Within Perspective we not only assist each other with work opportunities but fundamentally share expertise and raise the bar continually. Together we foster excellence. We greatly enjoy our collaboration with our European partners represented here today by Luc DeGraef of ELD Partnership Antwerp.
And to give you some images of the big picture we have the short loop of images running on the screens which provide a glimpse of the breath of expertise, depth of skill and quality of talent that is Coady Architects. We bring four particular sectors to your attention:
- Student Housing
- Nursing Homes
- Offices including fit-out and refurbishment.
In the residential sector we design and deliver projects ranging from small scale bespoke developments to a wide range of large scale housing and apartments schemes. We have completed many and in the new surge of activity in this sector have recently lodged planning permission for a number of large developments across several Local Authorities. Familiarity with the different approaches being taken by the various local authorities is key to achieving a successful application.
Student housing is very much in demand at present. A few weeks ago we have together with FCB Studios, London, Sterling Prize winners, lodged the planning application for a scheme of420 Student bed spaces for NUI Galway. Coady have also undertaken feasibility studies for Trinity College student housing on the main campus and on the Dartry campus.
Nursing Homes are much in demand at present and will continue to be so, due to the demographic of the population. We have a specialist team dealing with this sector and have completed three, have a 100 bed unit on site and have four at various stages of the design process. Knowledge of HIQA Standards and understanding how to achieve high quality design solutions that match a particular commercial model is part of our skill set.
There is significant demand for Grade A offices in Dublin. Our interiors team have recently completed 8,000sqm of eye catching interiors at a research and business development facility for Maynooth University.
And in short this is a little window onto the big picture – Coady Architects is a thriving practice with depth of skill, breath of experience and a very talented team.
When you arrived you will have received a little brochure with the images of all our senior team present here tonight. This is a time to say thank you for your collaboration with us in the past and to look forward to continued strong collaborations with you in the future.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening with us.
Let the chat begin!