The Glass Bottle BTR in Dublin tops out

Two of the three residential blocks in the initial phase of the Glass Bottle development have reached the exciting construction milestone.

Pictured left to right: John Maxwell, (CEO, Lioncor), Laura Young (H&S Officer, Sisk) and Steven McGee, (COO, Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes | BTR News
Pictured left to right: John Maxwell, (CEO, Lioncor), Laura Young (H&S Officer, Sisk) and Steven McGee, (COO, Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes.

Vertically integrated residential owner and developer in Ireland – Lioncor – developer Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) and construction and engineering business John Sisk & Son announce that the Glass Bottle development in Dublin has topped out.

The development will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land into a new community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes, including an element of Build to Rent. The Glass Bottle will offer a full range of amenities, services and leisure uses, making it the quintessential ‘15-Minute City’.

Alongside this, the site provides convenient access to the Dublin Docklands’ business district, with corporate occupiers including JP Morgan, PwC, State Street, Accenture, Salesforce, Google, and numerous iconic cultural and leisure venues, such as the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Ireland’s largest theatre, EPIC Museum, The Irish Emigration Museum and the Aviva rugby Stadium.

“The progress at Glass Bottle is the result of the exceptional work from our dedicated and experienced team, as well as the collaborative support from Dublin City Council. We’re witnessing the transformation of a brownfield site into something new and innovative but in keeping with the city of Dublin. 

“We are delighted to be ‘topping out’ phase one of the largest residential housing project in the city, providing much needed new homes in our capital and contributing to solving the housing crisis.

“We look forward to providing an update on the next phase in due course. Our masterplan for Glass Bottle has been to create usable and meaningful public spaces. A key principle of our design of Glass Bottle is to foster connections and relationships by integrating existing communities with the new development.

Our passion for delivering high quality, well-constructed buildings, irrespective of their use, is fundamental to creating long term, vibrant neighbourhoods and civic areas.”

John Maxwell, CEO, Lioncor
Gary Holohan (Sisk) pictured at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes | BTR News
Gary Holohan (Sisk) pictured at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes.

Phase 1A of the scheme comprises 570 homes spread over three blocks: Lime House, Glass House and Battledore, referencing the heritage of glass making on the site. Each block contains nearly 200 homes in a mix of studios, one-to-three-bedroom apartments and townhouses, with initial completions due at the end of 2025.

Amenities will include community spaces, flexible office spaces, an innovation hub, a hotel, a school and creche, artists’ studios, leisure facilities, retail and parks, all with direct access to the coastal path and Dublin Bay. The area benefits from excellent transportation links with numerous bus, train and tram routes nearby and is within proximity to Dublin airport.

Phase 1B contains an additional 324 homes, all of which are under construction. Phase 2, currently in planning, includes an additional 502 homes. This creates a pipeline of just under 1,400 homes, of which 894 are currently under construction, making a significant contribution to housing supply in the city.

Pictured left to right: Laura Young and Gary Holohan (Both Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes | BTR News
Pictured left to right: Laura Young and Gary Holohan (Both Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes.

The Glass Bottle scheme will form part of Dublin’s newest commercial innovation hub with over 90,000 sqm of commercial, office and enterprise space, with a focus on both healthcare and life sciences. Life science space is becoming one of the most highly demanded sectors in real estate globally, with strong government backing for companies to enter the industry.

There is potential for the scheme to create approximately 10,000 jobs and 9,500 homes providing a new hub for the city.

“On behalf of Sisk, I would like to congratulate the Glass Bottle Consortium for their collaboration and vision on the site at one of Ireland’s largest residential construction projects. I would like to extend my gratitude to our dedicated staff and supply chain partners for their outstanding work and perseverance to date. We are delighted to achieve the first major milestone at Phase 1A of the Glass Bottle development.

“Since breaking ground in June 2023, we have made outstanding progress, topping out two of three residential blocks. We eagerly anticipate completing Phase 1A of Glass Bottle by the end of next year and creating a lasting legacy in the community.”

Steven McGee, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sisk
Pictured left to right: John Maxwell, CEO, Lioncor, Laura Young (H&S Officer, Sisk) and Steven McGee, (COO, Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes | BTR News
Pictured left to right: John Maxwell, CEO, Lioncor, Laura Young (H&S Officer, Sisk) and Steven McGee, (COO, Sisk) at the topping out ceremony marking the first major construction milestone at the Glass Bottle development in Dublin. Glass Bottle will see the transformation of approximately 37.2 acres of industrial land. The ambition and vision for the site is to create a new balanced community made up of private, social, affordable and rented homes.

All phases of The Glass Bottle have been designed to align with EU Taxonomy requirements, such that the designed energy performance of the homes will be at least 10% better than legislative standards (NZEB or nearly zero energy buildings) and will meet or exceed all relevant technical screening criteria. This means that the development meets the EU’s definition of sustainable investment and can be held in an Article 9 ‘dark green’ fund.

The development will also include part of the Dublin District Heating System (DDHS), where waste heat will be captured from the Dublin Waste to Energy facility and piped into homes and businesses in Poolbeg, Ringsend, and the Docklands, and will therefore source its heating requirements from renewable energy once the DDHS becomes operational.

The residential homes at The Glass Bottle are also undergoing a sustainability certification through BREEAM from initial design through to construction, mitigating the life cycle impacts of our buildings on the environment.

“RGRE is proud to be part of the team behind this much-needed residential development for Dublin City which creates a sustainable new community in a high-quality living space.

“The Glass Bottle site looks out onto Dublin Bay from an incredible location transforming a barren industrial plot into a vibrant new neighbourhood community where families will find jobs, homes and a new, more enjoyable and sustainable, way of living.

“As further elements of the overall Glass Bottle scheme progress, intelligent, innovative design and land-use present us with the opportunity to deliver thousands of homes, next generation workspaces and leisure facilities at a time of huge demand for housing.”

Rory Williams, CEO, RGRE