The Convention Centre Dublin
Following on from the personal relationship of Tony Reddy and the late great renowned architect Kevin Roche, RA+U were entrusted with with the delivery of the landmark Convention Centre Dublin. RA+U acted as the liaison architect and technical advisor to Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates between 2006 and its successful completion in May 2010.
The Convention Centre Dublin, known as The CCD, is Irelands first purpose built convention centre. The building is located pride of place on the northern riverfront of the River Liffey at Spencer Dock in the heart of Dublin’s emerging Docklands. The CCD is the first state owned fully accessible public building to be constructed since the foundation of the Irish state leading the way for disabled access and inclusivity truly illustrating a modern Ireland.
The CCD is also recognised as the worlds first carbon neutral convention centre and as such it has become the venue of choice for environmentally conscious businesses and organisations. The CCD has quickly become a landmark building within Ireland and its design includes a unique glass fronted south facing full height atrium which gives panoramic views of the River Liffey, Dublin City Centre and the Wicklow Mountains providing the incredible backdrop.
The CCD was designed around the delegate experience and offers 22 multi-functional, flexible rooms suitable for meetings, conferences and exhibitions of all shapes and sizes. The building has been designed to be flexible allowing for meetings of 8 up to conferences of 8,000 with single hall capacity of 3,040 delegates in the Forum.
The design evolved from a number of site constraints which created the architectural solution. The scale and massing come from the restricted footprint of the site bounded by the River Liffey, the Royal Canal and the LUAS forming three sides and the fourth closed off by an existing office facility. This pushed the convention centre into the innovative vertically stacked solution which provides a dramatic frontage to the river frontage at one of the major new river crossings.