English language school to open at former Zoe headquarters
EC English is opening a language school at La Touche House on Grove Road in Rathmines, Dublin 6, which formerly served as the headquarters of Liam Carroll’s Zoe Developments.
The British company will pay a stepped rent starting at €279 per sq m (€26 per sq ft), rising to €323 per sq m (€30 per sq ft) over the initial five years. The 15-year lease provides for break options in years six and 12.
EC English opened its first language school in Malta in 1991 and today has similar operations in six countries across three continents. Dublin’s Portobello area has become a vibrant centre for overseas students because of its close proximity to the Luas at Charlemont.
Joe O’Donoghue of Lambert Smith Hampton, who advised EC English, said language schools had found it difficult to secure suitable buildings in the city centre in recent times given the significant rental increases and the challenges involved in securing permission for a change of use.
Brian Walsh of ACRES.ie advised the landlord.