New Digital Hub office space opens in historic 18th-century building

26 Nov 2012

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22 Thomas St - or which is now called Townhouse Twenty2 - which has been redeveloped by the Dublin Digital Hub

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An 18th-century townhouse that was home to a feather merchant and provided refuge for a 1798 rebel has been redeveloped as a space for start-ups and other digital firms at Dublin’s Digital Hub.

No 22 Thomas Street on Dublin’s south-west inner city – now known as Townhouse Twenty2 and once in the heart of the ancient city’s most vibrant commercial areas – has 372 sq metres of office space over five storeys.

One of a number of protected structures, the redevelopment to accommodate 21st-century businesses began in earnest in March and concluded last month.

Digital Hub CEO Philip Flynn said an emphasis was placed on retaining the building’s historic features.

“We sought to protect the period features, both internally and externally,” said Flynn.  

“We removed, restored and reinstated the original window glass, for example. The building also has a distinctive carriage arch and doorway, and fine stucco detailing around all windows. The redevelopment showcases these beautiful features to full effect.

Prospective tenants

“At the same time, the offices in Townhouse Twenty2 have been designed to provide modern and flexible space to start-up and expanding companies,” Flynn added.

“Currently, the Digital Hub campus is at full occupancy, so we’re delighted this new space is now available. We’re already in advanced negotiations with a number of prospective tenants, and we expect the building to be fully occupied within a matter of months.”

It emerged last month that Digital Hub Development Authority will no longer be reporting to the Department of Communications and will instead report directly to Dublin City Council, which has plans to develop Dublin as a hub for digital and green enterprises.

“The opening of Townhouse Twenty2 marks an important milestone in the development of The Digital Hub, and we look forward to working with Dublin City Council and the Department of Communications over the coming months to ensure the project’s continued success,” Flynn said.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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