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DCU School of Computing

Dublin City University
Full Architectural Services
1,200 m


DCU McNulty School of Computing provides computer laboratories for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research. The project modernised and refurbished the space to create a contemporary working environment and additional workplaces through efficient planning . The design created 10 additional student places and a new 50 seat seminar room within an existing open plan teaching space.

Fast Track  Delivery – Key Success Central Break Out

A key success was the creation of a centralised cafeteria/kitchen/break out area which provided an important resource for the faculty as well as creating opportunities for informal interaction between staff and students.

Statutory consents were obtained prior to commencement and the project was completed on budget to an accelerated 8 week programme over the summer recess in order to minimise disruption to teaching operations at the School.

DCU St Clare’s Sports Grounds

Dublin City University, Dublin 
Full Architectural Services
18,000 m


Dcu St Clare’s Sports Grounds involved the development of new elite outdoor training facilities at the DCU sports campus in Glasnevin, Dublin where existing facilities on the site were ageing and the space was underutilised.  The new works included a full size artificial GAA pitch with 3G surface that matches the dimensions of the pitch at Croke Park.

Upgrades were carried out to the floodlighting and spectator facilities along with new track and field training facilities including a 60m sprint track, long jump pit and practice hammer throwing area. Enhancements were carried out to the changing Pavilion, landscaping and car parking along with infrastructure works. Relocation of an existing grass GAA pitch elsewhere on the site were also included in the scope of works.

The upgraded additional floodlighting required detailed modelling and assessment of lighting to achieve target lighting levels on the playing surfaces whilst at the same time minimising light spill at the boundaries to the neighbouring residential properties.

Exterior image of DCU football pitch and new running track

The project was delivered under the Public Works Minor Building and Civil Engineering Works designed by the Employer. The project was completed in 2014 and has proved to be a significant enhancement of the University’s overall sports provision.

SPADE Shared Kitchens

SPADE Enterprise Centre, Dublin
Full Architectural Services
500 m


SPADE  is a community based Enterprise Centre, originally opened in 1990 in the converted St. Paul’s Church, North King Street, which is a protected structure. Demesne have designed & submitted for planning, Phase  Two, which is an extension that will increase the existing shared kitchen provision and will allow its members to use a full commercial kitchen, providing start-up & small scale food businesses an opportunity to grow their business.

The SPADE initiative assists local unemployed people to successfully set up their own businesses.

From the outset this venture has proved very successful and within a short time the building was fully let.

The new extension will allow members using the open plan kitchens to operate side by side in a cohesive manner. A major part of this development is to encourage networking and the spaces will operate in a way in which visitors and members can interact. The site is challenging, as it is land locked site with restricted access and is bounded with high density residential units. The site has archaeological importance and houses a valued historical Protected Structure, the former St Paul’s Church.