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Freshii Restaurants

Freshii Restaurants, Various
Full Architectural Services
2016 Onwards 
Various m


Demesne Architects have delivered numerous Freshii restaurants throughout Ireland, working with Franchisor and Franchisee. Through their vision of ‘Eat. Energize.’ Freshii is focused on providing fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go.

Restaurants have been delivered as stand alone units (Dublin – CHQ, Mespil Road, Smithfield Village, IFSC, Sandyford, Grand Canal Dock, Dame Street; Galway – Cross Street) and in Applegreen Service Stations (M1 Lusk, M4 Enfield, M50 Ballymount)


Demesne provide services ranging from full RIAI on larger projects to more limited bespoke menu on small mall type outlets.


VHI Galway

VHI Regional Offices, Galway
Full Architectural Services
275 m


VHI wished to relocate two distinct divisions, from remote cellular offices in the centre of Galway City to a single new premise, located in the suburbs. The new facility was to act as both Regional Office accommodation for support and medical staff as well as a distribution and handling hub for medical supplies.

Creative design enabled the long narrow plan form which featured extensive floor to ceiling glazing, to be turned from a potential negative into an overwhelming positive. The premises have been very well received by the client users.


The premises had been granted planning as a retail unit but had been vacant for over five years, since construction and were a bare shell. The building was not fully certified. Change of use planning, fire certification and DAC were expedited through close liaison with the local authority. A thorough dilapidation survey and associated remedial recommendations which were presented to and undertaken by the landlord, allowed the client to take up their tenancy.

Perigord Head Offices

Perigord Life Science, Dublin
Full Architectural Services
1,200 m2

Perigord are a global leader in the design, management and delivery of packaging, marcoms and digital assets for Life Science Companies. To complement their ambitious international growth plans, they decided to relocate to  larger offices, which were to be designed to facilitate their new planned workflows, adhering to strict QA procedures.

Demesne worked closely with the client to analyse their in house QA processes and to design a workflow layout that optimised performance.

The carefully considered plan form originates from a notional molecular structure. This generated a hexagonal form which informed the design approach, and importantly allowed each office team to operate at maximum efficiency, following QA procedures, whilst also creating a lively and fun environment.

Design was the catalyst to assist the process and Demesne’s experience of Lean work flow was key to the project’s success.

Perigord operate in a highly regulated environment and adhere to strict QA procedures, which are regularly independently audited by their clients. They base their business on “Lean” processes and this approach was reflected in the design and layout of the efficient yet uplifting space .

The social and dining area is a key hub. It is laid out in a casual fashion, providing both communal and intimate spaces, which afford group dining or areas for quieter reflection or even casual meetings in the molecular themed privacy pods.

“We are delighted with the fit out of our premises which were designed by Demesne Architects. They worked closely with us to understand our Lean Workflow and QA procedures and created efficient layouts to deliver a fresh inviting environment to attract and interest staff. It has really helped our business grow and develop.”

Alan Leamy – CEO Perigord

DCU Estates Office

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
235 m


DCU Estates Office is a bespoke single storey estates office which includes open plan & private office space, a document library, meeting rooms and canteen facilities for the DCU Facility Management team. It is an exemplar of sustainability with enhanced insulation and green roof.

Fast Track Sustainability

The project had to be delivered to a very fast track programme, by November 2017, in advance of a visit by Bill Clinton to the University.  The design team liaised closely with the Planning and Building Control to ensure statutory approvals were smoothly delivered, to ensure delivery on time and budget. Befitting of its prominent location, adjacent to and overlooked by the public areas of the Helix Theatre, the building was designed with external high-quality teak cladding and a sedum roof.  This latter feature was one of the buildings sustainable features introduced by the design team to contribute to the University’s overall sustainable strategy.

DCU Larkin Theatre

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
575 m


The Larkin is the main lecture theatre in the DCU Business School and its successful operation is vital to the school’s lecture programme. The project involved complete refurbishment of the 400 seat Larkin Lecture Theatre and two associated Lecture Halls.

The project had to be delivered to a fast track six week programme, over Christmas recess. Early engagement with all stakeholders, allowed a detailed programme to be meticulously planned. This approach was essential as the works would occur over Christmas , to resolve potential issues. Planning for supply chain challenges and specialist contractor appointments were especially important.

A consistent dialogue occurred with stakeholders throughout the project, including the holiday season. This approach led to the delivery of this high-end refurbishment, featuring two separate work sites, on time and on budget. The project was met with commendation from the client upon completion.

DCU School of Computing

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
1,200 m


DCU McNulty School of Computing provides computer laboratories for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research. The project modernised and refurbished the space to create a contemporary working environment and additional workplaces through efficient planning . The design created 10 additional student places and a new 50 seat seminar room within an existing open plan teaching space.

Fast Track  Delivery – Key Success Central Break Out

A key success was the creation of a centralised cafeteria/kitchen/break out area which provided an important resource for the faculty as well as creating opportunities for informal interaction between staff and students.

Statutory consents were obtained prior to commencement and the project was completed on budget to an accelerated 8 week programme over the summer recess in order to minimise disruption to teaching operations at the School.