Argo Development Studio was founded by its Managing Director, David Campion. David was an Associate Director of one of Ireland’s most successful firms of Architects – MOLA, and delivered a number of award winning projects in over 12 years with the firm.

David has over 20 years of industry experience in design and development, working across a number of sectors in the US, across Europe and in the Caribbean. David has lectured and tutored at the School of Architecture, DIT, Ireland and was a member of a task group assembled by the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland to establish education standards for professional practice.

The delivery of a number of award winning ‘design build’ projects inspired David to create his own Studio that focused on achieving greater efficiencies in the design and development process. Argo provides efficient expertise, cost certainty, on time delivery and value for money to its clients. Argo safeguards the project journey, from concept to completion through strong leadership. The strength and talent of the teams Argo assembles positions it at the forefront of design and development on a global scale.


About

The scope of our expertise is extensive, both in project type and scale, we deliver designs that perform and excite, in some of the most exotic and intoxicating locales in the world.

Argo rediscovers the synergies of the Master Builder to realise excellence in deliver through meticulous attention to detail.


Ethos

Our pursuit of excellence in design and development is informed by a clear understanding of client needs and aspirations.


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Corporate + Social Responsibility

Our teams work with local industry, creating a strong bond between our projects and community. We work closely with Governments to ensure we preserve the natural beauty of the environments we develop in. We engage with the community through outreach programs and sponsorship to charities, schools and sports clubs.

We connect our organization to the wider industry worldwide through building strong connections both inside and outside the organization.

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Studio

We promote a dynamic, professional, collaborative studio environment where vigorous debate within teams is encouraged and is followed swiftly by decisions, delivered through clear leadership structures—a process that reconciles our core competencies of Design, Commercial Control, Project Management and Research and Development.

Through these core competencies we can offer truly innovative thinking, exceptional discipline, quality, unrivalled financial control, value for money and excellence in delivery.


Design

We deliver architecture of its time with a considered appreciation for environmental, social, cultural and economic concerns. We believe excellence is timeless and the principles of form and space transcend the bonds of fashion and style.

Our process develops naturally from the pursuit of perfection through solutions and ideas. We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of design on a global scale and are passionate about transforming problem solving into an art.


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Teams

The diversity, efficiency and passion of our talented teams is one of our competitive advantages. Our teams consist of some of the most forward thinking people in the design and development industry. They come from different geographical backgrounds, disciplines, cultures and generations. They share differences in convictions, cultural values, operating norms and experience.

This promotes a melting pot of new ideas and encourages innovation. This also brings passion and constructive conflict which leads us to richer, more valuable, innovative results. We have a strong belief in collaborative effort within our studio teams, consultants, specialists and clients.


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Process

Our design process starts with a detailed investigation of each of our project requirements, challenges and opportunities along with its use and users. We are demanding of ourselves and our clients. We encourage our Clients to collaborate in the process. The needs of our clients are considered, developed and enhanced, leading to exceptional designs delivered with confidence and excellence.

We challenge and test in the art of problem solving to deliver development of unique and bespoke solutions, design that is functional and practical, imaginative and innovative.

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Expertise

We rediscover the synergies of the Master Builder and compliment these with an expertise in cost control, project delivery, innovative thinking and technology to deliver award winning projects.


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Experience

Our teams consist of some of the most talented and forward thinking people in the design and development industry. Our teams have delivered a number of award winning and internationally acclaimed projects, delivered in some of the most demanding environments in the world, they have forged relationships with government agencies to drive projects through challenging approval procedures onto a successful delivery.


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Commercial Control

Clients and funders expect cost certainty, cost control and value for money. Our commercial control unit studies market trends and establish and controls cost to build rates in all project jurisdictions. It is committed to commercial control and maximizing value for money for each project.

The efficiencies realized through the service Argo provides allows for considerable savings to project budgets and offers Clients exceptional value for money.

Our commercial department comprises a multi-disciplinary team of industry professionals in the disciplines of commercial management, quantity surveying, contract management and procurement. Our highly qualified and experienced team has worked on major projects throughout the world.

Argo Value Engineering


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Commercial Management

Our commercial management team brings its market expertise to our projects, establishes project budgets and manages and controls expenditure through the various stages of project construction to ensure that budgets are not exceeded.

The team provides financial forecasts, cash flow projections and expenditure reports and carries out continuous due diligence to ensure that all expenditures represent value for money and all costs are properly incurred.


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Quantity Surveying

Our quantity surveying team provides measured quantities for tendering purposes, pre-construction and construction cost estimating and cost management services as well as providing financial administration of construction contracts. In addition our quantity surveyors collect and analyze cost data for use in assessing tenders and for updating cost plans and estimates.


Contract Management

Our contract management team is responsible for the contractual relationships that we enter into with consultants, contractors and suppliers. This includes tendering work packages, negotiating contracts and ensuring that professional business relationships are maintained.


Procurement

Our procurement team sources and procures goods and materials both locally and from across the world ensuring that best prices are achieved without compromising quality. From cutlery to curtain walling the team have the ability to deliver cost effective quality products through challenging logistics.

The team monitor and track orders from point of origin through to delivery on site and ensure that materials arrive in a timely fashion to meet the demands of the construction program.


Project Management

Our teams engage the construction industry through direct contract or via main contractors, a strategy uniquely tailored to each project.

Our teams of Project Directors, Project Managers, Construction Managers, Foremen, Site Engineers and Clerk of Works ensure our projects are properly managed through the construction process, and that our aspirations for the quality, budget and timeline are realised.

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Research + Development

Our r + d team is responsible for the screening and selection of materials, technologies, systems and energy solutions considered in the delivery of our projects. Our team’s approach is heavily influenced by Client operational requirements, performance and cost.

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an environmentally appropriate response

We believe a sense of responsibility to the environment must inform our design and development. We study all areas of a sustainable design approach including Renewable Energy, Ecological Value, Passive Strategies, Whole Life Cost, Transport Strategies, Health and Wellness Assessment and the use of Sustainable Materials.

Our team collect detailed information on the climate of each project location, studies challenges and opportunities which inform a tailored environmentally appropriate approach for the development of each project.


Projects

Our teams have delivered a number of award winning and internationally acclaimed projects and have extensive experience in various sectors, including Mixed Use, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure, Healthcare, Transport and Infrastructure, Education, Residential, and Conservation and Heritage.


Buccament Bay Resort


Carton House


H Barbados


Marriott Hotel - PaP, Haiti


Virgin Atlantic Sales Office, Barbados


Dublin Airport T1X


Belvedere College S.J.


Old Schoolhouse


Trinity Hall, Dartry


Marquis Estate


Buccament Bay Resort, St. Vincent & Grenadines.

Buccament Bay Resort is a luxury, all inclusive hotel on the beautiful island of St. Vincent. This stunning site, bordered by lush mountains, a river and the ocean presented numerous infrastructure and logistic challenges, all safely negotiated to deliver the first phase of this unique development.

Client: Harlequin Hotels & Resorts
Contract Value(phase 1): US$102 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with hdstudio.

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Carton Hotel, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland

This project involved the conservation and conversion of Carton House into a ‘4-star plus’ hotel comprising 165 bedrooms, 147 of which are in a new-build hotel block, and 18 of which are in the original main house. The project included a number of bars and restaurants; a banqueting hall and a leisure centre and spa.

Client: Consortium, including Carton Demesne Ltd
Contract value: €82.5 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with Murray O’Laoire Architects

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H Barbados, Caribbean.

H Barbados occupies a stunning seafront location at Hastings Beach in Christ Church on the south coast of Barbados. This luxury boutique hotel will deliver a new level of hotel luxury within the hospitality industry on the island.

Client: Harlequin Hotels & Resorts
Contract Value: US$28 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with hdstudio.

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The Marriott Port-Au-Prince Hotel

The hotel is designed as two connected volumes. The first volume is the 12 storey bedroom block of 175 bedrooms (Including 5 suites). The ground floor of this element forms the transition to the second volume and includes the reception, concierge, cafe and shop. The second volume is the 2 storey wing to the rear that contains the rest of the front of house areas, including the bar, restaurant, ballroom, meeting room, board room and the back of house support areas.

Argo's Client: Kier Construction
Contract Value: USD 57,500,000

Argo provided Design Management & QA/QC Control
Architect: HMA
Interior Architect: NODA

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Virgin Atlantic Sales Office, Barbados

The Virgin Atlantic Sales Office is located in the Paravinco Complex in the vibrant South coast town of Hastings, Barbados. Our runway desk concept seamlessly integrated the customer’s initial point of contact, with the everyday tasks of the office staff. Strong fluid lines, high visibility and open spaces drew inspiration from the informal and approachable identity of the iconic Virgin Atlantic brand.

Consolidation of Virgin Atlantic Offices to 1775 sq.ft
Contract Value: $350,000 BBD

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Dublin Airport Terminal One Extension, Ireland.

This project involved the phased design development, management and construction of an ADPI design. The scheme also involved the modification of 1,576 sq.m. of the existing Terminal One building and associated infrastructure. The operational requirement of the terminal was maintained throughout construction.

Client: Dublin Airport Authority PLC
Contract Value: €50 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with Murray O’Laoire Architects

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Belvedere College SJ, Redevelopment, Dublin, Ireland.

This project involved master planning and phased development incorporating extensive remodeling of the existing campus, and the construction of two new blocks accommodating the O’Reilly Theatre, a new college entrance and concourse, sports roofs and the Dargan Moloney Science and Technology Building.

Client: Belvedere College SJ
Contract value: €42 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with Murray O’Laoire Architects.

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Moneenatieve National School, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

Perched on a mountain top overlooking Lough Allen, surrounded by the breathtaking Iron mountains allowing this unspoilt part of the Irish country side, unchanged for centuries, to be truly appreciated. This schoolhouse, constructed at the turn of the century, was falling to ruin when rescued, restored and reinvented. Passive house standards were embraced in transforming this piece of local history into 21st century luxury living.

Contract value: €200,000

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Trinity Hall Student Residences, Dartry, Dublin, Ireland.

Development comprising c.25,000 sq.m. of accommodation distributed over three buildings on a c.4.27 hectare site. This project was a task in innovation in a historical area in the context of economic and time constraints to create a unique architectural, environmental, historic, social, statutory and economical project.

Client: University of Dublin, Trinity College
Contract value: €95 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with Murray O’Laoire Architects.

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Marquis Estate, St. Lucia, Caribbean.

The Marquis Estate is situated in the stunning northeast coast of St.Lucia. It occupies 600 acres of lush, tropical valley floor sweeping towards the Marquis Bay. Planned to be one of the Caribbean’s finest luxury destinations, it will include a Gary Player Golf Resort and signature Golf Course, a Pat Cash Sports and Wellness Resort and a Harlequin Hotel.

Client: Harlequin Hotels & Resorts
Construction Budget: US$250 million

The MD of Argo Development Studio worked on this project while working with hdstudio.

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Argo Development Studio

Hythe House,
Welches,
Christ Church BB17154
Barbados

Tel: 1-246-428-1182
Fax: 1-246-428-1467


23 South Great George's Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland

Tel: +353 -(0)1 563 5333
info@argo-ds.com
www.argo-ds.com


Careers

The strength and talent of the teams we assemble positions Argo at the forefront of design and development on a global scale.

For information on available opportunities, please email us at:info@argo-ds.com


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