Retail and Leisure

SPADE Shared Kitchens

SPADE Enterprise Centre, Dublin
Full Architectural Services
500 m


SPADE  is a community based Enterprise Centre, originally opened in 1990 in the converted St. Paul’s Church, North King Street, which is a protected structure. Demesne have designed & submitted for planning, Phase  Two, which is an extension that will increase the existing shared kitchen provision and will allow its members to use a full commercial kitchen, providing start-up & small scale food businesses an opportunity to grow their business.

The SPADE initiative assists local unemployed people to successfully set up their own businesses.

From the outset this venture has proved very successful and within a short time the building was fully let.

The new extension will allow members using the open plan kitchens to operate side by side in a cohesive manner. A major part of this development is to encourage networking and the spaces will operate in a way in which visitors and members can interact. The site is challenging, as it is land locked site with restricted access and is bounded with high density residential units. The site has archaeological importance and houses a valued historical Protected Structure, the former St Paul’s Church.

National Indoor Arena

Sports Campus Ireland, Dublin
Architectural Design
31,000 m


Demesne Architects were shortlisted with BAM, to bid for the National Indoor Arena. Demesne led the design team to produce the design which achieved the overall highest technical and design merit score in the tender process. The National Indoor Arena will comprise of an Indoor Athletics Training Centre with a 200m running track, Field Sports Areas and 2000 seated spectators, a Gymnastics Training Centre, an Indoor General Sports Training Centre, an Indoor 3G full size Soccer Pitch and  half size 3G Rugby Pitch.


The Design Philosophy focused on the need for outstanding functional performance delivered with beautiful robust aesthetics.



The team referenced their unique blend of local and international relevant elite sports expertise and local construction knowledge, to design a high quality facility for Irish Sport that represented excellent capital and operational value.



Decathlon Entrance

Decathlon Ireland, Dublin
Full Architectural Services
6,000 m


Demesne Architects led the design team for the delivery of a new flagship retail warehouse for sports goods retail company Decathlon, at a landmark site in North Dublin.  The store is also Decathlon’s business headquarters. The brief included 4000m2 of retail floor space, over 700m2 of office accommodation for the administrative operation as well as indoor and outdoor sports play areas, parking, landscape works and site infrastructure.


As this was Decathlon’s first store in Ireland it was necessary to establish a new supply chain.



The team delivered the building to the required quality within an ambitious 7 month construction programme that at the same time remained true to the concept and brand values of the Company. To achieve all of these outcomes required close collaboration between the design and construction teams with Decathlon retail partners and teams in Ireland and France.

Enhanced Customer Experience

Living Wall and Sustainable Environmental Design


Design features for the project include a large green ‘living wall’ feature over the main entrance in addition to an enhanced landscaping scheme to welcome customers and promote strong synergies with nature. Environmental sustainability was at the heart of the project with over 20% of the building’s energy provided from renewable sources, enhanced biodiversity for the site landscaping and a target BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Freshii Restaurants Various Locations

VIew of seating area of Freshii Restaurant

Demesne Architects are proud to be Freshii’s appointed Architects for all of their restaurants and outlets within Ireland. Through their vision of ‘Eat. Energize.’ Freshii is focused on providing fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go.

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

Successful restaurants delivered to date for Feshii include Mespil Road and Applegreen Lusk and Enfield. We are currently on site, delivering a unit in Arnotts and have several others at the commencement stage.

Ivy House Restaurant

External View of Ivy House Restaurant

Demesne Architects have had a strong involvement in the evolution of Maynooth as one of Ireland’s premier dining destinations. Demesne recently achieved planning for “The Ivy House”, which will be the next fine dining restaurant in Maynooth.

The original building is a protected structure. Demesne’s design involves the sympathetic internal remodelling of the building, respecting the fine interiors as well as a contemporary extension to the side. This solution will double the useable floor area of the house, making it a viable commercial entity and will allow the building to be accessible to the public.

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Picaderos Restaurant

The Dining Area of Picaderos Restaurant

Demesne Architects have had a strong involvement in the evolution of Maynooth as one of Ireland’s premier dining destinations. Demesne designed and achieved all statutory permissions for Picaderos Restaurant in Maynooth.

It was a difficult permission to achieve as the Maynooth Town Plan specifically precluded the change of use of retail units into restaurants. Demesne successfully appealed Kildare’s decision to refuse planning permission to An Bord Pleanala, citing both their high quality design for the restaurant and the need to inject life back to the main street.

Picaderos continues to trade as one of Maynooth’s most successful restaurants.