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Published in 12 Projects of Christmas on 20/12/2016

APC – 12 Projects of Christmas

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CNI Editor reports

The concept and execution behind biotechnology company APC’s new HQ in Cherrywood is revolutionary and should challenge the biotech industry to think about design of space in a new way – despite the innovative nature of this industry, the spaces in which it operates are often bleak and cold.

The brief for the design team was to create a space “where ideas flourish and solutions are delivered” and to encompass laboratory space, offices, meeting rooms and all the facilities a top company needs.

The result is an integration of both the office and laboratory space in an innovative and interesting way, with lab space visible from board rooms, break out spaces and even the company reception

RKD Interiors have reimagined the concept of a Pharmaceutical fit out and designed a unique facility for dynamic Biotech Research Company APC located in Dublin, Ireland.

Combining the hi tech functional requirements of Small and Large Molecule Labs with leading edge activity based work settings has created a world class facility that is a fusion of hard edged technical space and softer working zones.

The client vision was to embroider the two types of spaces together so that they appeared to be one whilst being physically separated. Working with Global leaders in Pharmaceutical Healthcare who often visit the site, we worked with APC on the concept of allowing visitors to be part of the labs without having to enter them.

The backdrop to the main reception space is an expansive glass wall with direct views into the large molecule lab, allowing visitors to feel part of the action, everything is transparent, there is nothing and no need to hide anything.

Populated with a professional staff made up of experienced and graduate scientists at the top of their field the design solution provides a creative and collaborative environment where ideas flourish and solutions are delivered. The design aesthetic is more akin to a Tech start up reinforcing the concept that this company is “really different”.

Testimonial-Mark Barret APC
“With RKD our objective was to create a new environment for advanced pharmaceutical and biotech R&D…an environment that combines state-of-the-art custom designed laboratories with office spaces that integrate collaboration, socialising and focused based task work. The environment created has enabled APC to develop a better way of working and importantly is allowing us to accelerate the development of new medicines for patients all over the world. This new environment is now a key aspect of how we define APC, it is more than “just another office and another lab’…it captures APC’s journey, personality, culture and innovation brilliantly.
Thanks, Mark”





M&E Consultant:

T5 Partnership

Main Contractor:

Clancy Construction 


1600 sq m


€3.5 million