CEO Annemarie Harte on HAI’s move to new premises.
Hardware Association Ireland, in a variety of guises, dates back to 1938 but its recent history, in terms of where its premises have been located, has been guided by economic circumstances. In 1984, the membership, after many years of searching, took over its own premises in Elmville, Dundrum, Co. Dublin. The reason for this decision was twofold. Firstly to provide a solid permanent base in which all the members would have title, and secondly, to have a venue where members could be guaranteed facilities for meetings and committees without let or hindrance.
Two changes of name later and hit by the full force of the economic collapse, HAI sold the premises in early 2014, temporarily moving down the road to Kilmacud in south county Dublin. The office provided space for staff members and a small shared meeting room.
The search begins…
Although functional, it soon became apparent that with rising commercial rents and limited choice, HAI was going to need a good dose of luck to find new premises that would satisfy its ideal checklist which included at least 15 regular car parking spaces, a minimum 100 sq. metres of floor, a great location easily accessible from the M50 and central enough that our members would find it convenient, and, paramount to every property search ever, affordable! It was the last requirement that proved the most elusive.
However there’s nothing like notice of a 30% rent increase or ‘market rates’ as I was told, to spur on a concerted sweep of the market. For several weeks after the Hardware Conference, my evening entertainment included searches on Myhome.ie’s app as there simply was no time for this extra activity in an already very busy office during working hours. By the time of the next Executive Committee meeting in May, I thought I’d found ‘the one’. Although it seemed an unmerciful amount of time from the start of contract negotiations to the end, in reality the process moved quite quickly and we had hit on a property that suited all the requirements on our checklist – except for my own personal one that is, as I’d managed to treble the time it takes me to get to work!
Work began in earnest at the beginning of July to clear the place and start reorganising the internal space of 120 sq. metres to suit our needs. Seven weeks later, it was largely finished save for a number of bits and pieces and a snag list that seemed to grow legs after each version. Without the generosity, kindness and support of the following HAI member companies this transformation would have cost a lot more money and taken much longer. To them and their staff, HAI offers its sincere gratitude:
• BW Hardware • Canadia • Classic Hardware • Dulux
• Grafton Merchanting • Niko Bathrooms • Tegral • Whiteriver Group
On the city-bound side of the N7, more commonly known as the Naas Road, less than 1km across the border from Kildare. On the site of Johnston Logistics facing onto the Naas Road. See the map for our exact location.
We have two meeting areas:
• A six-person meeting space with tea/coffee/water facilities available.
Ideal for a one-to-one meeting on the way into or out of Dublin. Alternatively stop by for a re-fuel as this space is available to HAI members free of charge including refreshments.
• FREE to HAI members.
• €50 morning or afternoon and €100 full day – non-members
• A boardroom/ training meeting space capable of holding up to 16 people in a T-shape or in classroom style with air conditioning.
A 62” state-of-the-art screen with mini-Intel PC so you don’t have to connect a laptop, all you need is a memory stick if you have a presentation or other documentation you want to place on the screen.
• €75 morning (9am to 1pm) or afternoon (1pm to 5pm) and €130 full day – HAI members.
• €100 morning or afternoon and €175 full day – nonmembers.
• Wireless internet access is available in both spaces as well as plenty of sockets, natural daylight and blinds.
• Lunch is available on advanced request (24 hours’ notice) and starts at €4 per person for sandwiches.
When you visit us take the opportunity to learn more about HAI, with both personal and material support available at the offices. To book either of the spaces or for further information contact HAI at email@example.com or call 01 298 0969.