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Published in Construction on 14/08/2017

Unispace Appoints Sarah McDonnell to Drive Irish Operations


CNI Editor reports

Unispace has appointed Sarah McDonnell to its team in Dublin as Principal, Client Relations and Studio Leader.

Sarah brings 22 years of extensive industry experience to Unispace and has worked on a wide range of works overseeing all project management processes from purchase, through to design development and construction contract completion.

Her extensive experience includes projects across all industry sectors including work for clients such as Willis, JP Morgan, Jazz Pharma, Google and Workday.

Anthony Hazell, Managing Director, Europe at Unispace, said: “Sarah has in depth experience of the Irish market – her professionalism and experience are well known within the industry. The studio in Dublin is building an impressive portfolio of work including projects for PwC, Virgin Media and Boston Scientific, among others.

“Unispace is making waves in the industry because of our distinct approach, and we are building on our progress by bringing on board a studio leader like Sarah who is highly creative, innovative and leads from the front. We are delighted to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to joining Unispace, Sarah worked for Sisk, Shelbourne Development and most recently StructureTone in Dublin where she project managed and delivered projects for industry leading clients such as Willis, Google, KPMG and Workday.

In her time with Shelbourne Development she managed all of the firms Irish and European projects.  Key projects here included 75 St Stephens Green, a 10,000 sq.m. office building that achieved some of the highest rents in Dublin at the time as a result of its prestigious location and quality finishing.

“Unispace is positively impacting the Irish market with the uniqueness of its approach. Joining a world class team that is part of a rapidly growing international business is very exciting,” Sarah explained. “The Unispace leadership are working together to bring real insight to local, regional and global projects and its distinct methodology sets the brand apart.”

Unispace has expanded rapidly in Dublin over the past 12 months, increasing its head count from 3 to 12 and making senior hires.  The Dublin-studio, based in 1 George’s Quay Plaza, has recently completed projects for the Dublin headquarters for clients such as Virgin Media, Boston Scientific Group, and PwC, with more projects coming to the market in 2017.

Sarah continued “Unispace’s proposition is genuinely distinct. We are bringing together globally recognised talent to collaborate, on strategy, design, project management and delivery, to achieve real, measurable results for our clients.  It is a breath of fresh air and an approach that is really resonating with clients.”

Unispace has invited experts from its team around the world such as Global Principal, Strategy Albert De Plazaola to present at seminars in Dublin including a memorable event in March with former Taoiseach, John Bruton, who managed to combine a global political overview with the demands of staff retention and attraction, and how office space is so important within that role.   Globally, Unispace has 39 studios across 18 countries.