ESB: a move and change project buzzing with sustainability

24th October 2023

ESB is a leading energy company in Ireland, investing more than €1billion a year to create a low carbon future.

ESB Group (Electricity Supply Board) has been Ireland’s foremost energy company since 1927. The Group’s property function manages its nationwide property portfolio, with approximately 100 properties, including office buildings, depots and yards.

Driven to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040, ESB is committed to providing clean, affordable and reliable energy and this target drives its business initiatives.

For over five years, MovePlan provided a variety of workplace consultancy services to support the company’s headquarters in Dublin. Initially brought in to undertake workplace surveys and file and storage consultancy, support broadened to include move management, communications and change management support, and business readiness.

Sustainability at the heart of building design

The most recent project saw MovePlan support ESB in its move into redeveloped sustainable headquarters in Lower Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. The refurbished building placed environmental initiatives at its core.

The premises’ sustainability features include biophilic design, incorporating nature into the design process, which has been proven to enhance people’s wellbeing, creativity and productivity. The design has also ensured that the space is fresh, open and flexible for future needs.

With the site being a “near zero building” specific examples of the environment being at the forefront of workplace design include the building being fully electric, with hybrid air conditioning, low water sanitary fittings, rainwater collection and well water collection, and solar PV. Finally, the roof has been turned into a sustainable habitat, complete with ESB’s very own bees supplying its canteen with homemade honey.

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MovePlan and ESB Group: how to effectively transition to a newly transformed space

24th October 2023

MovePlan EMEA recently hosted a roundtable with Sinéad Conlon, Programme Manager at ESB Group, Ireland’s foremost energy company.

MovePlan recently completed a major project with the company, supporting Sinéad and her team to deliver the business readiness activity and move to ESB’s new headquarters at 27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

The project saw the transition of around 1,500 ESB staff from nine buildings in three locations across Dublin, into ESB’s new sustainable and energy efficient Grade A head office building in Dublin’s Georgian core. To read more about the project, head to the case study here.

The roundtable discussion provided insight and created further discussion into the project.

Attended by a mixture of Estates and Facilities professionals across a mixture of public and private sector organisations of key interest to the group was the investment in employee engagement and leadership buy-in, alongside a focus on effective space utilisation.

Read on to find out more.

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A high profile project at Cambridge Crossing

29th September 2023

Cambridge Crossing is a new urban neighbourhood and innovation hub at the intersection of Cambridge, Somerville and Boston in the US.

In late 2020, we embarked on a very high profile project with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

We spoke to Chris Colón, Workplace Project Director, to understand more about the project and what it was about MovePlan that set it apart from its competitors throughout the bidding process.

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Working with the East Coast’s leading research universities

29th September 2023

MovePlan has held a master service agreement with one of the US East Coast’s leading research and higher education facilities since 2017.

As a partner of choice for its laboratory moves, MovePlan has relocated over 1,200 staff, 5,300 assets and specialty equipment and been responsible for engaging with over 140 research labs / principal investigators, 80 different specialty equipment vendors (OEMs), and high-value assets.

Relocation of the university’s science building

The first project with the university was also the largest to date: a multidisciplinary site encompassing neuroscience and molecular biology research, comprising 16 stories and 365,000 square feet, including 10 floors of open and adaptable laboratory space.

The work undertaken covered all the laboratories used for education and research purposes, including wet labs. The careful removal and storage of equipment and samples is critical and the MovePlan team is highly experienced in moving not only sensitive, irreplaceable samples, but also high tech equipment, including incubators and freezers, with some newer and more specialised equipment costing over $1M alone. Both require focused planning to ensure items are kept at the correct temperature at all times.

Stacy Krepelka, Workplace Project Director at MovePlan, has overseen a number of the lab moves.

“Every laboratory move is unique and we face a number of challenges which require careful scheduling around the removal of individual items. This needs to take place in phases to ensure equipment is disconnected and reconnected in the right sequence, all the while managing a high number of vendors responsible for each piece of equipment. At any one time we can have upwards of 50 movers and specialist vendors on site. It quickly becomes a very complex operation.”

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