HKR Architects

HKR Architects

Postby DaveG » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:51 pm

Surprised there is nothing on here about this. Staff were called in last Friday and told that HKR Dublin had ceased trading on the 31st of July...! 3 weeks earlier. So staff had been coming into work for three weeks for a company that had ceased trading back in July!!!
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Re: HKR Architects

Postby parka » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:19 pm

Everyone I know who worked there were let go 2-4 years ago.

I take all these firms folding with a pinch of salt, no sooner have they gone and they are back up running in no time.
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Re: HKR Architects

Postby wearnicehats » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:24 pm

The Irish Times - Thursday, August 25, 2011HKR Architects in move to London

IRISH FIRM HKR Architects, once one of the biggest architecture firms in the State, is restructuring its business and moving its headquarters to London.

The company, which employs 15 people in Dublin, will retain a small branch office in Blackrock, Co Dublin, to service existing Irish clients and support its growing UK operations.

The company’s 10 permanent staff members have been offered contracts with HKR’s London office, but will remain working in the Dublin office. Five temporary staff were given notice by the company this week.

Jerry Ryan, founder and chief executive of the company, said the restructuring of the business “reflects our UK and international focus”.

The company has recently been awarded three high-profile contracts in London: the design of a 23-storey five-star hotel; a mixed-use student-housing project in Aldgate, east London; and a 300,000sq ft office development in London’s financial district.

At the height of the Irish economic boom, HKR employed more than 200 people in Ireland. It worked on a number of high-profile projects including the refurbishment of the Shelbourne Hotel, the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, which has since entered receivership, Charlestown shopping centre in north Dublin, and a number of commercial buildings in Dublin’s docklands.

In recent years it has been the main architectural partner for a number of ill-fated projects, including Seán Dunne’s controversial proposal for the redevelopment of the Jurys site in Dublin’s Ballsbridge and the planned redevelopment of Arnotts and surrounding areas, again in Dublin.

HKR was founded in 1992 by architects Tony Horan, John Keogan and Jerry Ryan. In the mid-2000s it moved its focus from residential to large-scale commercial property projects.

In recent years it has been expanding into the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Last year it won a contract to design an international airport in Jordan.

The company employs 40 people in its Abu Dhabi office, 15 in Prague and 35 in its London office. Last October it said it would close its Manchester office and expand its office in London.

The architecture profession has been one of the major casualties of the recession, as a result of the collapse of the construction boom and the slowdown in public-sector contracts.
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Re: HKR Architects

Postby wearnicehats » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:27 pm

Architects of the boom go to the wall while college points keep falling

It was the lavishness of their reception area on Schoolhouse Lane, behind Dublin’s Molesworth Street, that set HKR apart – the polished Portuguese limestone floor, the Barcelona chairs and all the rest of it. Here was an architects’ firm at the height of its power, determined to impress potential clients and others arriving for meetings in the equally well-furnished boardroom, a few steps above.

Of course, there was always a risk that clients would draw the wrong conclusion – that their architects were living it up on the fee income that was rolling in at the height of the boom. Some developers might even have reflected that their own offices weren’t half as swanky as HKR’s. What they wouldn’t have seen, however, was that the upper floors were crowded with young architects churning out plans.

And now, perhaps inevitably, Jerry Ryan and his partners have had to put the firm into liquidation. It’s not the first architectural practice that has gone to the wall – Murray O’Laoire and Douglas Wallace went before it – and it’s not likely to be the last either.

That’s why this week’s news sent shudders down the spines of so many. For whom will the bell toll next? they must have asked themselves. It’s not surprising that architecture is slipping down the scale of desirable careers.

Architecture dropped 10 points at UCD and a staggering 65 points at DIT Bolton Street.
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