Ballydine, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Ballydine / CBRE
Workplace / Life-Science + Innovation / Industrial + Manufacturing
Phase 1: 900 m2
CJFA have prepared a unique overall design for MSD, to echo the contemporary ethos of the biotechnology company’s approach to their working environment - i.e., to create a motivational working space, to inspire staff, whilst promoting a positive working culture.
The CJFA design focuses on the ‘wellness’ of staff through the exploration of biophilic design principles, circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature), bespoke architectural installations, and motivating interventions. Taking considerations of the limitations of the existing spaces undergoing these new fit-outs, we have aimed to maximise the users’ occupancy comfort - with a specific ambition for the office areas, to create a transparent, interconnected atmosphere nurtured by an open-plan office space - permeated by bespoke furnishings and finishes - which are practical, robust, and suitable for the specific applications required - and accented by choice colour-selections (which are chosen for their psychological properties, while also incorporating consistency with the international MSD Brand).
The larger open-plan spaces also benefit from a number of dispersed ‘cellular’ step-back spaces, to accommodate video-conferencing, or for those moments when privacy (professional or personal) is required. These ‘pods’ (demountable and adaptable partition systems which are acoustically-rated) can operate as informal meeting, or break-out space areas. Acoustics have been considered in the context of ‘soft-surfaces’, where required - such as acoustic-ceilings, in conjunction with absorbing wall and floor finishes. HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, & air conditioning) will be assessed and augmented to ensure the technology of indoor environmental comfort is operating at the optimum level within the individual spaces to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. In tandem, lighting levels will be articulated to enhance employee productivity and well-being whilst maintaining a focus on energy savings and improved operational efficiency.
C.J. Falconer & Associates Architects,
St. Patrick's House, Newtown, Waterford,
X91 RR76, Ireland.
t: +353 (0)51 878888
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