Raw Gyms first on board in Donnybrook House

Momentum is building at Donnybrook House, where property firm U+I has revealed the first of its lettings at the recently redeveloped Dublin 4 building. U+I has reached an agreement with Raw Gyms as the first name on the Donnybrook House roster to call the building home.

The health and fitness club secured a long-term lease for three floors of the property, with fitting out of the new 1,800 square metre gym due to begin in the coming weeks, ahead of the scheduled opening next month.

Raw Gyms has its sights set on entering the premium market, and the new D4 facility will include bespoke studios with Les Mills classes, a large free weights and functional zone, tailored boxing zones, boutique changing rooms with towel service as standard, and a steam room. The gym will also be equipped with the latest in Hammer Strength equipment, yoga and pilates studios, and with premium personal training packages available.

John Kenirons, managing director at Raw Gyms, said: “This is an exciting step for us as we continue with our expansion plan for Dublin. We took our time scoping the right location, and Donnybrook House is perfectly situated in the heart of Donnybrook, convenient for people living and working locally and for those passing through. We have big plans to develop this into one of our signature training facilities that we know locals will enjoy. The demand for membership across Dublin has exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to being part of the local community.”

Donnybrook House is a flagship development in the heart of Donnybrook village. Award-winning architects Henry J Lyons redesigned the landmark building to create a unique scheme specifically catering to the demands of the modern office occupier, particularly those in the communications and technology sectors. Close to the cluster of international technology firms headquartered in Dublin 2 and 4, Donnybrook House is an exciting proposition for many organisations seeking to make an impactful statement, according to U+I’s development director for Dublin, Arlene van Bosch.

Formerly AIB’s jaded-looking computer services centre, Donnybrook House is being transformed to comprise some 4,180 square metres of office space, a 372 square metre restaurant, an 186 square metre café and the 1,765 square metres of gym facilities.

Interest in the remaining floors of the building is strong, with further office and retail deals expected to be announced in the short term. Raw Gyms is scheduled to open its Donnybrook House gym on May 17.