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DCU St Patrick’s Sports Grounds

DCU Sports Grounds, St Patrick’s
Full Architectural Services, Dublin
2020 
18,000 m

 

The development comprises a major upgrade of the playing fields at St Patrick’s Campus to maximise playing potential and use enhance student experience in a location where available space is at a premium. The new facilities include a full size artificial grass GAA pitch as well as a natural grass training space with floodlighting and landscaping works.

This project forms part of an ambitious long-term capital development plan to transform Dublin City University across its multiple sites providing a platform to realise its ambitions in research, teaching and learning, student experience, sport and enterprise engagement. St Patrick’s Campus had already been greatly enhanced with the provision of a new library, teaching space, recreation and sporting facilities.

Introducing floodlighting in to a built up residential area was very challenging due to the need to attain design lighting levels on the playing surface with minimal margins around the pitches to ameliorate light spill to adjacent sites. The issue was overcome by using the latest LED technology with detailed modelling and assessment of lighting performance to demonstrate that the planning constraint of no increased levels of lighting to surrounding properties could be achieved.

 

The project was delivered under the Public Works Contract for Building Works designed by the Contractor. The project was completed in Q4 2020 and has proved to be a significant enhancement of the University’s overall sports provision.

Pobalscoil Neasáin

Pobalscoil Neasáin B.O.M
Full Architectural Services
2019 
187 m

 

Construction of a single storey extension at Pobalscoil Neasáin secondary school. The works comprised one general classroom, one S.T.E.M classroom with preparation room, associated site works and additional car parking.

 

Despite delays due to weather interference and poor ground conditions which required remediation, the project was completed in line with the DoE grant and on programme, in time for the new school term. The project was constructed in a live environment which dictated a strictly controlled approach to manage both Health and Safety and minimise noise and comfort disturbance.

 

Careful design allowed the new extension to be seamlessly integrated with and linked directly to the existing a school. This added value that the design created, and which deviates from the general DoE requirement to build a remote stand-alone extension, was presented to and accepted by the Department of Education in Demesne’s stage 1/2a submission. The client is delighted with their new integrated accommodation.

DCU Estates Office

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
2017 
235 m

 

DCU Estates Office is a bespoke single storey estates office which includes open plan & private office space, a document library, meeting rooms and canteen facilities for the DCU Facility Management team. It is an exemplar of sustainability with enhanced insulation and green roof.

Fast Track Sustainability

The project had to be delivered to a very fast track programme, by November 2017, in advance of a visit by Bill Clinton to the University.  The design team liaised closely with the Planning and Building Control to ensure statutory approvals were smoothly delivered, to ensure delivery on time and budget. Befitting of its prominent location, adjacent to and overlooked by the public areas of the Helix Theatre, the building was designed with external high-quality teak cladding and a sedum roof.  This latter feature was one of the buildings sustainable features introduced by the design team to contribute to the University’s overall sustainable strategy.

Buckley House

Four Storey Block in Maynooth

FTFP, Maynooth
Full Architectural Services
2018
4,000 m2

Buckley House is a student accommodation development of 115 en-suite rooms. It is located in the heart of the historic town of Maynooth, in an architectural conservation area. It is a challenging site, featuring a prominent protected structure and adjacent to a national monument. The contemporary contrasting design was praised in the award of planning.

Striking Modern Design

The contemporary contrasting design philosophy was been well received by the Council’s Architectural Division.

 

Buckley House is a 115 bed student accommodation development, which also features a public restaurant and plaza. Each en-suite student accommodation room is self contained. There are cooking facilities within rooms as well as a number of communal kitchens for social cooking and dining as well as numerous recreation spaces. Students also benefit from an on site gym and cafe.

Leinster Street Elevation

Maynooth is Ireland’s only University Town and the well thought through design is located adjacent to the entrance to the Historic North University Campus. It will further integrate the university with the town. Having secured a valuable planning permission in this extremely difficult site, Demesne are currently progressing the project through construction documentation stage.

The project is immediately adjacent to Maynooth Castle, a National Monument. A contemporary approach, resonant of a historic fortified wall, set behind mature planting respected the Castle and won praise for its sensitivity.

Contemporary design viewed from Maynooth Castle

DCU Larkin Theatre

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
2019 
575 m

 

The Larkin is the main lecture theatre in the DCU Business School and its successful operation is vital to the school’s lecture programme. The project involved complete refurbishment of the 400 seat Larkin Lecture Theatre and two associated Lecture Halls.

The project had to be delivered to a fast track six week programme, over Christmas recess. Early engagement with all stakeholders, allowed a detailed programme to be meticulously planned. This approach was essential as the works would occur over Christmas , to resolve potential issues. Planning for supply chain challenges and specialist contractor appointments were especially important.

A consistent dialogue occurred with stakeholders throughout the project, including the holiday season. This approach led to the delivery of this high-end refurbishment, featuring two separate work sites, on time and on budget. The project was met with commendation from the client upon completion.

Portlaoise ETNS

Portlaoise ETNS B.O.M
Full Architectural Services
2016 
500 m

 

The project comprises a single storey two class Special Education Needs extension, linked directly to the existing school. The design features opposing mono pitch roof forms, with clerestory glazing, to allow high level light to penetrate classes.

The layout is carefully considered and links directly to the school’s general circulation, promoting inclusivity, which is key to the running of successful SEN departments. This quality project was delivered on time and to a tight budget, resulting in excellent value for the client.

Clerestory mono pitch roof form

Inclusivity is at the ethos of Educate Together.

The design promotes this. The SEN Accommodation integrates with the main school circulation. The location of the SEN rooms allows them to function in a more controlled environment, should the needs of individual pupils require it, say for instance should a pupil have sensitivity to noise or visual stimulus. There is direct external access to the SEN accommodation from the secure play area, however most pupils will generally access the department via the general circulation.

View of General Activity Space
View of stimulating corridor
School Extension in the sun
View of Play Area